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Economic Downturn Has Spurred Giving

Almost two-thirds of America’s grandparents have provided financial support to their grandchildren during the last five years, 40% for general purposes and 26% for education, according to the MetLife Mature Market Institute’s QuickPOLL, Grandparents: Generous with Money, Not with Advice. The average amount provided was $8,661, or about $370.7 billion total in the last five years. One-quarter (25%) say the economic downturn has caused them to increase the help they give to their grandchildren.

The 2009 Grandparents Poll revealed that grandparents prefer to help their children and grandchildren while they are alive, rather than leaving a lump sum in a will, an interesting phenomenon.
In addition, the data indicates that those with less income and net worth are (more…)

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This past weekend my Dad, my friend and I all went to see Paranormal Activity.  Since it’s nearing Halloween and my Dad and I love scary movies,  Paranormal Activity seemed like a perfect fit. The basic summary of the movie is this: “After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.” It’s a low-budget horror flick that is surprisingly well made. Although there were some big scares I wasn’t absolutely terrified. I don’t know if it quite lived up to its hype, but I enjoyed it. However, I think I would have been more scared if I was watching the movie alone, in the dark and in my basement. My Dad agrees. One important thing to note is that this movie is Rated “R”, so it is definitely not a movie to take your young children or grandchildren to.

This leads me to a very important point. Someone had brought in their two-year old child. Why? The poor child was scared out of their mind and started crying. Eventually, she calmed down but it was hard to get back in to the scary movie vibe. That has to be my biggest pet peeve about movie theaters, how did that child get in if the movie was rated “R”? What about you, are you a movie buff like me, but find that something can easily ruin your movie-going experience? Leave us a comment and let us know. Also, make sure you check out Hudson Valley Life’s article on cool movie houses in the Hudson Valley, it’s a great read. In the meantime, I think I’ll stick to my scary movie watching at home.

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When my niece and nephew were born, my mom exclaimed, “I’m going to be the best grandmother ever! There will be zoo trips, I’ll make home made cookies and I can’t wait to read to them when I baby sit.” That last line really hit home to me. I was a big reader growing up and although my parents read to me, my grandparents never did. I would have loved for them to tell me an adventure story as I drifted off to sleep while they babysat me. It just never happened. I would go through all their old books they kept in their homes and put aside my favorites to take home with me. So, even though they never read to me personally, I still managed to gather an extensive collection of books from them.

Have you ever found yourself asking why you don’t read to your grandchildren more? Well, I feel that there are many easy ways to encourage your grandchildren to read. If they are young, read to them. If they are older, give them a jumpstart on their own book collections!

The Trunk in the Attic is a great adventure and mystery book series that I would have love to have in my book collection as a child. If you are looking for a book to start for your grandchild’s collection, this would be a great one to give to them. It teaches them to learn about other cultures, important historical events and most importantly inspires creativity. Also, you can pick it up just in time for Grandparents day which is on September 13th. I think reading to your grandchildren is a gift for both you and them.

 There are number of activities that you can do with your grandchild that coincide with reading this book. For example, the book ties in with the Hudson Valley Quadricentennial. The Quadricentennial commemorates the explorations of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain in 1609, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s first steamship voyage along the Hudson River. Read some chapters to your grandchildren and then take them down to the Hudson to see the history themselves. The possibilities are endless! Check the book out today!

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