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      Grandparents Teach, Too!

      About one third of grandparents today, also known as the baby boomers, are responsible for caring for their grandchildren, according to www.grandparentsteachtoo.org.

      "Families are really under stress these days and everybody has to pull together to help each other, and I started talking to grandparents who were not teachers, I was a teacher for almost forty years, and they said, 'well, I don't know what to do! There are so many times where I don't quite know what to do and this is really stressing me out. These kids are different from my kids and I am really having trouble!'"

      Iris Katers founded Grandparents Teach Too back in 2008.

      It consists of a weekly column, magazine articles, workshops and presentations, and a book.

      It's purpose?

      To help grandparents learn to have fun with their grandchildren, while teaching them at the same time.

      Even if it's not-so-nice weather outside.

      "We have a way to play indoor hockey. And a way to play indoor soccer. And use a flashlight inside for flashlight tag or playdoh, or we have an indoor sand that you can make."

      At the grandparenting workshop today, caregivers were taught how to do different types of activities for kids, and ways to keep them interested.

      "You get to play with the sand, and the bubbles, and the cars, and everything else!"

      There's even an educational aspect to each activity.

      "With the bubbles, you measure them, and then you try to see, have patience with the bubble, cause you have to blow softly and slowly."

      In the Grandparents Teach Too book, which is available for purchase at the U.P. Children's Museum, there are over 600 activities, indoor and outdoor, to choose from.

      All proceeds from the book go the museum.

      The next groups will be held as follows:

      May 22nd at the U.P. Children's Museum, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. & 6p.m.-7:30p.m.

      May 28th at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. & 6p.m.-7:30p.m.

      June 26th at the U.P. Children's Museum, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. & 6p.m.-7:30p.m.

      July 17th at Lower Harbor Park, 10:30a.m.-Noon

      August 21st at Harlow Park, 10:30a.m.-Noon

      All events are free, and include various activities and snacks.