Hip Granny

Hip Grannie: Fashionista

September 1, 2021 For most of her nearly 12 years, our granddaughter Amelia has been a fashionista. Even as a toddler, she wore her onesies and baby hats with a certain style and panache. As young as age thre...

Hip Grannie – Graduation

May 1, 2021 And just like that...he’s in high school!   It seems like yesterday when I was asked to write my first Hip Grannie column for Nola Family magazine. Our first grandchild was on the way, and I was t...

Hip Grannie: Teaching Your Children Resilience

November 1, 2020 Teaching your children resilience and to be grateful and strong  I am the first to admit it: I think my grandchildren and most kids in this city are amazing. But I’ve never thought it more th...
Advice from Nola Family's resident grandmother

Hip Grannie: Quarantine Blues, Part II

September 3, 2020   When I wrote my last "Hip Grannie," it was Day 23 of our citywide quarantine - but it seemed like Day 365.  I naively thought that this quarantine would last a couple more weeks and t...
Advice from Nola Family's resident grandmother

Hip Grannie: Quarantine Blues 

May 7, 2020 As I sit here staring at a blank screen on Day 23 (which seems like Day 365) of our city-wide quarantine, I am at a loss for words. Rylan and Amelia during a recent doorstep drop-off. T...

Hip Grannie: Welcome to the Teen Lounge

February 18, 2020 From toddlers to teens, children have a knack for growing up too fast. Years ago, my Aunt Kathy transformed a rarely used small room in her Winnetka, Illinois, home into what was called, “Th...
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Hip Grannie: The Porcupine Years

November 18, 2019 Grandparents are cool — until the grandkids become teenagers. Just before our first grandchild, Rylan, was born, a veteran grandmother friend of mine told me, “Spend as much time as you can ...

Hip Grannie: Cliff Notes on Changing the World

October 1, 2019 How one book turned a family into a book club. One of the cool things about our family is that we are all good readers. Papa sets the standard in reading and seems to knock off a book a few ti...

Hip Grannie: Yes ma’am, and no, thank you!

July 3, 2019 “Thanks to Miss Polly, and a strict mother, thank-you notes became second nature.” What gives this grannie the most delight is watching her grandchildren take on the manners mantle. As a chi...

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