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Here is your official invitation to contribute your story and possibly win one of (5) $100 Amazon gift cards to spoil that grandchild just a little more. To celebrate the launch of our site we are also offering (20) $50 Amazon gift cards for the first 20 stories that receive 50 or more votes in the month of October 2016.

Submit your story, with a picture if you like. We will post your story and send you the web page address to share with your friends. The top five stories that get the most votes will receive one of the $100 gift cards.

This Contest is open to most individuals who are grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles, aunts, uncles, or parents of one or more minor children (biological or legally adopted).

Submit Your Story

I’ve watched this commercial five times and I can’t stop laughing

Reading a good friend’s blog, I was shown a commercial for Chatbooks featuring a mom hurrying through a day of keeping her kids out of harm’s way and trying to keep her house in order. One scenario after another flashed across the screen that kept me laughing as I related to several of them from raising my own children. I’d recommend you watch it if only as inspiration for any stories you might want to submit for our story competition of December here at SpoilTheGrandchildren.com, as it brought a few stories of my own to mind.

The product itself is a very good idea for current moms and dads. Chatbooks is a service that, once set up, will automatically gather images the user posted to multiple social media sites and prints a book of them, which is then shipped to the user. It’s a way to automatically create photo albums and have them shipped to you without the need to scrapbook or design a photo book online.

It can even be a great service for us grandparents to use when the grandchildren drop by. Watching the grandchildren for a weekend to give their mom and dad a much needed weekend alone, you could take pictures of serving breakfast, going to the park, watching a sports game, having dinner and a movie night, and playing games with them. At the end of it all you have a photo album arrive in the mail, a perfect keepsake of the memories you’ve made.

Click here to check out the chatbooks service.

Click here to submit your story for December.

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Dave Jabas
Grandpa Bear

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have a book with a picture of you and your grandchild in it?

It’s so much fun reading books to children because it spurs their imagination and encourages your playful side: you get to take a stab at making funny noises, animal sounds and using your real deep voice along with your high voice (which for me is becoming harder and harder to achieve). Sometimes you can even add some extra fun and surprises to the story when you say watch out because the book character might tickle you and then you can reach over and tickle the child as you are reading them the story.

a-fun-day-with-grandpaI just received two books as a gift from StickingWithFamily.com. The first one is titled “A Fun Day With Grandpa” and the second one is titled “A Fun Day With Grandma”. Now what is fun and unique about these books is they are also sticker books and the stickers are pictures of you and your grandchild which makes the book totally personalized. You just send in a digital picture of you and your grandchild and they crop a headshot of each of you to create stickers. Now you and your grandchild can read the book and put the stickers in the book together creating a memory and a keepsake.

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I shared the idea with my daughter and she was really excited to see the books along with Clara’s reaction. I’m sure that these books will become favorites of hers and will have to be read quite often to her. This concept strengthens the bond between the grandparents and grandchildren. We all know how possessive children can be with what they feel belongs to them. Children connect and identify with the pictures of themselves and the people they know. I’m sure that these books will be among her favorites.

If you would like to order these books for your grandchildren simply click on this link.

We are also proud to announce that we have teamed up with StickingWithFamily.com
to give you the opportunity to win your choice of the two books.

a-fun-day-with-grandma StickingWithFamily.com has graciously donated 10 books so that we can offer one book of your choice to the first 10 people that submit a story and receive a minimum of five votes in the month of December, 2016.

All stories submitted between now and December 1st will be held as December entries. Those stories, along with any other stories submitted in the month of December will be eligible to win one of these 10 books.

The books will be awarded to the winners as soon as their stories receive five votes in December. So now’s a good time to start thinking about which story you want to submit so that you can get your story posted! Then simply encourage five people to vote for your story. Continue to promote your story and give yourself the opportunity to possibly win one of the five $100 gift cards for Amazon as well.

Dave Jabas
Grandpa Bear

Note: Full disclosure: We received our 2 books for review, and the 10 books for the December giveaway at no charge, in return for us to review and promote through our website. We received no other compensation and do not receive an affiliate fee on any sales of these books.

Some Assembly Required

I just love simple toys that are both fun and allow us to creatively use our imaginations. 27 years ago, my dad made a simple little marble game out of wood. He had made grooves in some boards which he put together at declining angles that allowed marbles to run in a zigzag pattern for about eight seconds from start to finish.

marble-setMy son and daughter would load up the marbles on the top row behind a straw or stick and then release them all at once. They enjoyed watching the marbles zigzag back-and-forth as gravity controlled the marbles’ journey to the bottom of the toy. They would often play like this for 30 minutes to an hour at a time.

One day when my son Chris was nine, he came home with an assignment. He needed to come up with some type of timer that would be exactly 1 minute, and he asked if I had any ideas. I immediately thought of the marble game.

I had since bought a plastic version that was much more complex than the homemade wooden one my dad made. It was made up of many different colored curves and straight pieces that you could assemble and make really big towers for the marbles to descend. I thought if we build a high enough tower, the marble would take 60 seconds to travel down. We decided that would be a very accurate one-minute timer.

Of course one minute is a very long time, especially when a marble is moving along propelled by gravity. Chris and I worked diligently to create a travel time of exactly 60 seconds. We even used duct tape on some of the plastic pieces to slow the marble. (Hey I consider this a life lesson–teaching my son that you can fix most anything with duct tape.)

We worked on this thing for hours, and it ended up being about 9 feet tall. We carefully put it in the back of my locksmith van to get it to school the next day, and I helped him get it into the classroom and set up properly. My son came home from school that day with a big smile on his face and said that he was the only one who had a timer that was exactly 1 minute. He gave me a hug and thanked me for being a cool dad.

Fast forward to just a few weeks ago . . . while I was waiting for a table at a restaurant in the mall, I wandered into a toy store. As a grandfather, I have an obligation to research what type of toys are available, right? I came across this elaborate marble game with all different types of plastic pieces including a type of cyclone, hoses, spinners and even a little marble trampoline.

I wrestled with the decision to buy it or not. I was in total agony in my mind for about 17 seconds. When I came out of the toy store with the huge box and a smile on my face, my wife looked at me and asked, “What did you buy now?”

I responded with “Something for Clara and I to play with.”

Like a lot of toys, there was some assembly required—that’s half the fun after all. Of course, it always takes longer than you expect. I was reminded of all those Christmas Eves that I would be up late assembling toys for the children. The new marble game had 173 pieces to assemble and came with 30 marbles and instructions that included 34 steps.

About halfway through my first attempt, I realized that I made a mistake. So I totally disassembled it and started over. On my second attempt, I made it about 75% complete before I made another mistake and called my son to help me. Altogether, it took about seven hours to assemble. Chris and I played with it and reminisced about the marble game we built for his one-minute timer back when he was nine.

Once it was complete, I took some pictures, sent them to my daughter, and said, “Look what I bought for Clara for Christmas!” (I justified it by saying that it was research for my blog and grandparents website.)

I can’t wait to show it to Clara. I can just imagine her watching the marbles go through the maze and seeing the smile on her face when she looks at me and says, “Again!”

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Laugh, smile, enjoy the day.
Dave Jabas
Grandpa Bear

PS: Do you have a story that you would like to share? We all have stories and memories with our children and our own childhood memories. The purpose of this website is to be a place to share those stories. If you have a memory of time with your grandchildren, I encourage you to click the link below to provide a story for our monthly competition.

Click here to submit your story for our monthly competition.

If you have a story about your memories with other family members including your parents, grandparents, or children, please click this link to submit it for addition to our blog.

Click here to share your story for addition to our blog.

Children can be so entertaining

A number of years ago, when my son was 13 and my daughter was 9, two of their friends joined them to spend a Saturday together. All six of us piled into my car to go see a movie. Of course, the kids were arguing over which one of them got a window seat and who would be stuck sitting in the middle. Their younger friend, Bobby, ended up sitting in front between my wife and myself.

Once everyone buckled up and settled down, I decided to have a little fun with Bobby. I looked at him and said, “Have you ever seen those movies where the guy is thrown out of the car through a hole in the roof?

Bobby looked at me and said, “Yeah.”

Then I hit the button to open the moonroof on our car all the way. I looked Bobby in the eye and said, “Now make sure you behave during this car ride, because I can send you right through that opening in the roof just like they do in the movies.”

He looked at me, smiled and said, “I don’t think so.”

So I pointed to the button on the stereo system in the car and said, “Whatever you do, don’t hit that button that says eject.”

Bobby sat still for the entire car ride, and my wife had a really tough time holding back laughter.

Laugh, smile, enjoy the day.

Dave Jabas
Grandpa Bear

PS: Do you have a story that you would like to share? We all have stories and memories with our children and our own childhood memories. The purpose of this website is to be a place to share those stories. If you have a memory of time with your grandchildren, I encourage you to click the link below to provide a story for our monthly competition.

Click here to submit your story for our monthly competition.

If you have a story about your memories with other family members including your parents, grandparents, or children, please click this link to submit it for addition to our blog.

Click here to share your story for addition to our blog.

A Fun Way to Serve Pancakes

Years ago, my nine-year-old son had a friend sleep over. I got up early to make pancakes for them, but I did it a little bit differently. I set the table for them with two oversize bowls. They sat down at the table with our family dogs at their feet.

“What’s up with the bowls?” my son asked.
“Pay attention, you’ll see!” I answered.

When the first pancake was ready, I said “Heads up!”
I flipped it up high in the air, over my shoulder, towards the table. Predictably, it landed on the floor and the dogs scarfed it down.

The boys just stared at me.

A few minutes later, “Heads up!” I flipped another pancake over my shoulder.
Again it hits the floor . . . the dogs are loving this!
I looked at the boys and said, “What do you think the bowls are for?”

Again, “Heads up!”
This time my son caught the pancake mid-air with his bowl and ate it up with a big smile.

His friend said, “Breakfast is kind of funny at your house.”

If you have children or grandchildren around your house, try it.
They will think you’re the coolest!

Have a great day,

Dave Jabas
Grandpa Bear
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Tell us your story about spoiling your grandchildren

It’s officially here. SpoilTheGrandchildren.com is live! We are so excited to be able to share these tales and make it fun with a monthly contest. So what’s your story?

You’re invited to share your favorite story about spoiling your grandchildren.

Where were you?
What were you doing?
How did your grandkids react?
How did you feel?

Send us a cool story, and you could win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com. To submit your story, just click here and follow the instructions:

Click Here To Submit Your Story

Here’s how the contest works:

To celebrate the launch of our website, the first 20 stories that receive 50 votes will receive a $50 gift card for Amazon. If they are one of the top five in total votes they will win one of the five $100 gift cards for the month of October.

Each month is a new contest, with new stories added, and each will have a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards for the month. All stories submitted will be reviewed for approval, and we’ll begin posting them for voting on Tuesday, October 5th.

We encourage you to share the news about this fun new website with your friends, so we can all share in the joy of spoiling grandchildren.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you,

stg-dave-with-bearsDave Jabas
Grandpa Bear