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Thanksgiving For One

Thanksgiving For One

Not all of us can recreate the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving. Our lives have moved in different directions and although here at Suddenly Solo we have proffered suggestions about making connections for the holidays, sometimes they don’t pan out. Let us tell you something . . . spending Thanksgiving by yourself is not all

Make a Family Tree this Summer

Make a Family Tree this Summer

A great project that will have long-lasting meaning for you and your family is a family tree. With summer vacations, you have an opportunity to interact with so many of your family members to recollect and share information.  We suggest that you consider using your computer to memorialize and stylize your efforts.  There are many

Play Ball! Host a Baseball Party

Play Ball! Host a Baseball Party

Even if you’re not a fanatic fan, the start of baseball season creates a perfect social opportunity to host a theme party that is easy and not overly expensive. Fine out when your home team has a televised day game and create party invitations that look like stadium admission tickets (easily available templates are on

Don’t Forget Your Holiday Card!

Don’t Forget Your Holiday Card!

It makes no difference if you will be spending the holidays with others or not.  You should definitely send holiday cards to friends and relatives, and personalized ones help to fill the spaces that can often arise from distances and new social circumstances.  If you don’t celebrate a particular holiday, a “New Year’s Day” card

Travelling With Young Grandchildren

Travelling With Young Grandchildren

It is no secret that we at Suddenly Solo heartily endorse spending time with your family.  It is important on many levels but it can present challenges when your extended family includes infants and toddlers as part of a travel group. There are physical demands when it comes to keeping up with very young children

Should You Go On College Visits?

Should You Go On College Visits?

With both mothers and fathers working these days, you may be asked (or perhaps you should offer) to take your grandchildren to visit prospective colleges. We think this is a wonderful idea and something that you should definitely consider doing . . . with some provisos. First of all, be sure you are physically up

They Ain’t Heavy, They’re My Grandkids

They Ain’t Heavy, They’re My Grandkids

According to the CDC, more than 1/3 (35.7%) of all Americans are obese and the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years.  Making things worse, a recent study has shown that half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are,

Words That Make Us Sound “Old” To Our Kids

Words That Make Us Sound “Old” To Our Kids

  We all know not to say things like, “When I was your age,” or “In my day” if we want to avoid sounding like our parents! However, there are words and phrases that sometime creep in to our conversation that sound alarm bells with our children and grandchildren, that date us. We’re not saying

Tis The Season For “Thank You” Cards

Tis The Season For “Thank You” Cards

We know from first-hand experience that receiving a “thank you” card for a gift is becoming an increasingly rare occurrence. Although it is just common courtesy (at least in our opinion) to acknowledge generosity, for some reason many people just can’t make it happen. But don’t contribute to the erosion! Set an example by making

Grandkids and Credit Cards

Grandkids and Credit Cards

With graduation time upon us, you can be sure that many newly-minted college grads will be receiving lots of unsolicited applications for credit cards (unscrupulous lenders have been known to send actual cards, which is illegal). Setting up a new apartment certainly will be a lot easier with a credit card, but far too many

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