On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Marianne Waggoner Day about how grandparents can partner with moms and dads on raising kids.
Marianne is the author of Camp Grandma: Next Generation Grandparenting—Beyond Babysitting. She was a typical housewife and stay-at-home mother of the ’60s and ’70s—until her divorce necessitated getting a job. She started her career in sales and ultimately became president of retail services for CBRE, where she led the largest commercial retail real estate practice in the world. Now in retirement, she started Camp Grandma for her four grandchildren, creating lessons and activities from what she learned in her work life. In this “corporate retreat” for children, she uses fun and engaging ways to teach valuable life skills, such as setting goals, being a team player, and speaking in front of a group. Connect with Marianne on Facebook and LinkedIn.
“I am a retired business executive and realized that I am part of this first generation of working mothers who are now grandmothers,” Marianne said. “Now the purpose of writing about [my Camp Grandma] was to hopefully inspire more grandparents to bring more of their own life experiences to share with their grandkids. I think that the grandparenting role is so special and so unique, and it has such a tremendous influence on grandkids today and the future of our society.”
Listen to the podcast for more insights and suggestions on letting grandmas and granddads be a help, not a hindrance, with our kids.