New grandchild arriving soon! I am so excited about our new grandchild. Upon learning the news, it immediately made me think about baby boy blankets and baby girl blankets and how to to determine the best choice. Yes, we are having twins! My first gift to new grandchildren is always a baby blanket. Having twins is new to our family, and we are all very excited. It truly takes a village to raise children, and my son and his wife will need some help to be sure.

Their other children are ages 3 and 4 and quite active and busy! I recently read a book Grandloving, about how to be the best grandparent possible. It has lots of great tips, especially for grandparents who live long distances from their grandchildren. Distance grandparenting is so common now, and has special challenges. Luckily, Skype has made it easier to keep in touch your grandchildren if they live far away or even down the street.

My neighbor does a wonderfully fun thing every Advent for her grandchildren who live in Colorado. She fills an Advent quilt, which she made, that has a pocket for each day in Advent with small gifts. Each day her grandchildren open a package with a small toy, or treat. Her grandsons call her to tell her about which gift they opened and share their joy. It is a great way to celebrate the holidays even though you live across the country.

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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