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Ask Grandma Maggie

Parenting & Childcare Advice
Peggy Moss (1933-2014), also known as Grandma Maggie, penned a parenting column on this site for many years. Back by popular demand, we are republishing the column, sharing with you the best of Grandma Maggie’s parenting and childcare advice.
Unfortunately Grandma Maggie is no longer able to take questions.

Author: Mallory K.
Trying to Conceive

Hello Grandma Maggie,

My name is Melissa, and my partner and I have been trying to conceive for the past six months. Although we have been trying for six months, month after month there is always disappointment. To my knowledge, we are doing everything right: our diets, our exercising, you name it we’re doing it. [Read more...]

Kids Cleaning Up

Dear Grandma:

I’m an 18-year-old college student who babysits. One girl I babysit is four years old, an only child, and she’s a sweetheart, but she doesn’t clean up her toys when I tell her to. From what I gather, her mother always cleans up after her. [Read more...]

Triplets on the way!

Dear Grandma:

I have two boys under 4 years old. I am also pregnant with triplets. I am afraid that my two boys will think I don’t care about them after the triplets are born. What do I do?

Stephanie

Dear Stephanie,

This is difficult to answer because I know nothing of your situation or your sons. [Read more...]

Parenting Struggles

Dear Grandma Maggie,

I am 20 years old and I have a 17-month-old daughter and a second child on the way. My husband and I are very excited about our second; we didn’t really get to enjoy our first due to family disputes and outright anger towards us. [Read more...]

Customized Lullaby Playlist

As the mother of a “Veronica” it was to my delight to find the song Veronica by Elvis Costello. Her father and I sang that song to her as a lullaby and I still hold it dear to my heart. Also a favorite song of ours was “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler, which also features the name Veronica. [Read more...]

A Tampon-like Music Player for your Fetus

So here’s a controversial question: would you insert a music device into your vagina to serenade your fetus? The makers of Babypod certainly hope so (www.babypod.net).

Believe it or not, the makers claim that 100 babies have been born who were exposed to music via Babypod have had no damage to their hearing after the mom used the product during pregnancy. [Read more...]

Baby in a Longboard? Check it out!

Strollers manufacturers are constantly trying to outdo one another, and this one is no exception.

The Quinny Longboard Stroller allows adults to skateboard with their baby riding sidecar in an attached stroller seat. Safety is somewhat controversial, however, since it is only approved in Europe and not in the U.S. [Read more...]