ADVICE FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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their grandparents as confidants, and having grandparents around to talk to when their parents are too busy helps encourage better behaviors and social skills in children.


While some people look forward to having grandchildren, others feel they have done their part by raising their kids. Some may be willing to give up their lives and look after a needy child, while others are not capable of handling them. Some grandparents are over-involved while some keep their distance because they don’t want to interfere with how their children raise their children. Work with your parent at the level of involvement they are most comfortable with to help them build a strong bond with their grandchildren.

Grandparents have always played an essential role in bringing up children, but nowadays, more people rely on their parents to help them with their kids. The unconditional love of grandparents benefits children in many ways. A grandparent’s love and warmth creates a special bond between both generations. Most important, it gives them a feeling of comfort and security.


According to a 2013 study, 98 percent of children learn social skills from their grandparents, including manners, respect and the difference between right and wrong. Many children are raised solely by their grandparents. In some cases, parents abandon their responsibilities due to various reasons; however, grandparents rise to the occasion and take up the responsibility of raising the children, even though they are aware this additional responsibility can take a toll on their health.


Your child’s relationship with your parents will depend on your own relationship with them. Sometimes parents worry about grandparents spoiling their children. Conflicts could arise, including disagreements about child-rearing methods or the deep involvement of grandparents in the child’s life.


As children grow up, they will have several teachers, but there is no replacement for grandparents. Grandparents have a gold mine

THE IMPORTANCE OF GRANDPARENTS

of knowledge to pass on to their children and grandchildren – not just book knowledge, but real-life experiences and information that is not taught in any school. Children look up to their grandparents for suggestions on how to cope with life, knowing they have faced the real world.


Grandparents serve as a link between past, present and future. They introduce their children to family traditions, get involved with them in the present and help them shape their futures. According to an Emory University study, children who know stories about their ancestors show a higher level of emotional well-being and adjust better than those who haven’t been told about their past.


Grandparents and grandchildren often become best pals. Children reveal their secrets and problems to their grandparents and grandparents, in turn, offer them valuable advice on how to deal with different situations. Children may not listen to their parents, but they will pay attention to what grandparents have to say. According to one AARP survey, more than half of grandparents give their grandchildren advice on such important subjects as illegal drug use, morals and religion. In a study by the American Psychological Association, many children view

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer and blogger who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She can be approached through her blog (www.aha-now.com) and Web site, www.harleenasingh.com. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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