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Whether you’re a brand-new grandma, a seasoned grandma, or a grandma-at-heart, you’ve come to the right place. The GaGa Sisterhood has a wealth of resources for grandmas who are totally “gaga” for their grandchildren.

As the founder of the GaGa Sisterhood, I’ve been curating resources for grandmas since I first became one in 2003. I know firsthand how complicated the role can be. When you and your grandchild’s parents begin the exciting journey of welcoming this precious new being into the family, your lives will be forever changed.

You will experience the highest highs and possibly the lowest lows as you grow into your title of “Grandma” or “Nana” or “Noni” or a host of other grandma names. Whether you’re “Kiki” or “Baba,” (my grandma name,) choosing your grandma moniker may be your first big decision.

Donne Davis

Donne Davis
Founder of
GaGa Sisterhood

The content on this website includes twenty years of blog posts that offer advice on how to begin this exciting new relationship, book recommendations, ways to stay connected with your grandchildren, long-distance grandparenting advice, self-care and much more.

Be sure to click on our Resources page, where you’ll find links to our favorite grandparent websites. On our Press page, you’ll find links to podcasts and articles featuring my conversations with hosts about the ins and outs of being a grandma.

How Ga Ga Sisterhood Was Born

History of GaGa Sisterhood

Idea grew out of passion for becoming a grandma

My idea for GaGa Sisterhood grew out of my passion for becoming a grandma after witnessing the birth of my first grandchild, Juliet on April 26, 2003.

Immediately, I wanted to find kindred sisters who shared my enthusiasm, and boy did I! So many grandmas have graced my life over 20 years — it’s hard to quantify.
For two decades GaGa Sisterhood was a growing national membership organization. The organization provided “gaga” grandmas a place to bond, brag, and benefit.

Contact Me

Contact me if you need an article on grandparenting, a guest on your podcast or a speaker for your organization.

For more than twenty years, I’ve been writing and speaking on the joys and challenges of modern grandparents as well as the importance of rituals and traditions for families.

Drop a note to me on the Contact Form.

Over the Years

From our first meeting on December 7, 2003 to our last farewell meeting on December 7, 2023, grandmas have shared their stories and touched my heart.

For two decades, the GaGa Sisterhood has always been a labor of love for me. I produced regular blog posts and newsletters for our growing audience of grandmas. Over the years, the format of the group evolved but my mission remained firm — to inspire grandmas to keep growing and learning along with our children and grandchildren.

Since COVID, it became more laborious trying to juggle two almost disparate groups — our original local Silicon Valley grandmas and our newer online community from all over the U.S. (sometimes even Australia) The other difference was the age of our grandchildren. Lots of our members felt they’ve “aged out” because their grandchildren were teenagers and older. Finding speakers and topics that appealed to all ages became more challenging.

As I faced these challenges, I realized it was time for me to step down from hosting regular meetings and bid farewell to our GaGa Sisterhood members.

20 years -December 7, 2003 to December 7, 2023

On December 7, 2023, our GaGa Sisterhood members met for our last formal meeting. While there will be some small, local franchised GaGa Sisterhood groups who will continue to meet in their local neighborhoods, we are no longer continuing GaGa Sisterhood as a national online membership organization.

Going forward

Many ask me what’s next? I’ll continue to enjoy my three precious grandchildren and family. I’ll write articles and do some speaking on some of my favorite topics — the joys and challenges of modern grandparenting and rituals and traditions. I’m available for podcasts, panels, and public speaking opportunities.

Contact me if you or your organization needs a speaker. I look forward to staying in touch.  Drop a note to me on our Contact Form.

GaGa Sisterhood Resources

Link to Blog- 20 years of blog posts to inspire grandmas to keep growing and learning

Link to Resources - GaGa Sisterhood’s favorite grandparent websites

Link to Media and Press Clippings - links to podcasts and articles featuring me and the GaGa Sisterhood

Ask GaGa - send a note to connect

Visit GaGa Sisterhood Blog

20 years of posts about topics grandmas need to know

Our Blog contains 20 years of grandparent-focused content. Below are excerpts from some random posts published during the past 20 years. Click on the excerpt link to read the entire post. Also, you can search all the posts by Topic, when you visit our Blog Page.

Empathize Don’t Minimize: A Mantra For All of Us

By Donne Davis | June 4, 2010

I learned a lot about empathy the other day. My daughter was complaining about the mean girls in my granddaughter’s class and I replied: “Oh, that’s what kids do in the first grade!” But all she wanted from me was a little empathy.

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Are Grandparents Spending Too Much Time with Their Grandchildren?

By Donne Davis | November 28, 2017

A woman brought her 2-year old daughter to her mother’s every weekend so she and her husband could have some time alone. The story caused a backlash on social media.

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Grandma Shares Camping Adventure with Granddaughters

By Donne Davis | August 14, 2009

A grandma creates memories for her granddaughters and passes on her tradition of spending summers camping in nature.

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What Moms Want from Grandparents

By Donne Davis | October 24, 2016

I surveyed over 50 moms and asked them what they want from the grandparents. Most of their poignant responses fell into two categories: they want respect and empathy.

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Jumping to Conclusions May Be Distorted Thinking

By Donne Davis | August 3, 2010

When we jump to the wrong conclusion and assume something is true when it’s really not, we’re engaging in a common cognitive distortion. To change this behavior we must learn how to recognize it and refute it.

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It’s Either Her or Me: Navigating the Mother and Daughter-in-Law Relationship

By Donne Davis | August 6, 2010

It’s Either Her or Me by Ellie Slott Fisher is an entertaining and enlightening examination of all the relationships and interactions that can occur after a young man introduces his first girl friend, significant other or wife to his mother.

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5 Tips for Saying “No” to Your Child or Grandchild

By Donne Davis | August 22, 2016

Although saying “no” is not in our nature as grandparents, saying “no” can be an expression of true love and consideration that’s beneficial for kids and parents alike.

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Free Subscription to GRAND Magazine, the Online Magazine for Grandparents

By Donne Davis | July 23, 2009

Free subscription to Grand magazine for readers of the GaGa Sisterhood blog.

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Adapting Holiday Traditions During COVID-19

By Donne Davis | November 30, 2020

Holidays are so often filled with traditions and memories. This is an exceptional year. It’s also an opportunity to create new memories that will be handed down through the next generation. It’s an opportunity to remind your grandchildren that you are a resilient family. Keep it simple, fill it with joy and gratitude.

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GaGa Sisterhood Named Top Site for Grandparents by GRAND Magazine

By Donne Davis | September 2, 2015

The GaGa Sisterhood has been named one of the 11 top websites for grandparents in GRAND Magazine’s 2015 Top Blogs/Websites Awards!

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Casting Call for Grandma Thanksgiving Cook-off

By Donne Davis | June 24, 2015

Attention all grandmas who love to cook! A major cable network is on the hunt for a few grandmothers to battle it out in a fun, new Thanksgiving cooking contest.

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Visit With Your Grandchild … Virtually

By Donne Davis | May 13, 2020

Many parents of young children working from home have turned to screens to distract the children while they accomplish their work tasks. We grandmas can have virtual playdates to give our grandchildren some extra attention.

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Calculate Your Age in Grandma Years

By Donne Davis | June 15, 2015

How do you calculate your age in grandma years? I thought about the things that add and subtract years from a grandma’s real age and can make us feel older or younger.

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Encourage Persistence in Children

By Donne Davis | December 30, 2010

We sometimes think that being good at something is an innate ability. But success is a function of persistence and hard work. Here are 7 ways to encourage persistence.

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Motherhood Isn’t Easy

By Donne Davis | December 4, 2017

Being a mom was never easy, but for today’s moms, your world is so much more complicated than ours ever was. Here are some simple tips to help you discover what really matters.

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Warning Signs of a Burned-Out Caregiver

By Donne Davis | March 12, 2014

If you’re a caregiver, watch for the warning signs of a burned-out caregiver: irritability, exhaustion, sleep deprivation and mild depression and remember to take care of yourself.

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Questions to Ask Your Adult Child Before Your Grandchild Is Born

By Donne Davis | September 12, 2016

Conversations with adult children about their children can be so charged at the moment. That’s why I say asking while they are still pregnant before the first grandchild is even born, is the best time to have these conversations.

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Help Your Child Become a Lifelong Reader

By Donne Davis | August 10, 2010

Reading to different-aged children at the same time can be challenging and chaotic. Author Pam Allyn says that’s all part of the process of helping your family become closer.

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Unsupervised Play for Kids Builds Independence

By Donne Davis | June 4, 2015

A growing number of parents around the country are advocating for free play as a way to build children’s self-confidence and independence.

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Woman In Gold DVD Giveaway

By Donne Davis | July 6, 2015

In celebration of the Woman in Gold now being available on DVD, the GaGa Sisterhood is giving away a $25 Visa gift card and 3 DVDs: Woman in Gold, Big Eyes and the King’s Speech.

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Testimonals

“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed yesterday’s meeting, my first. What a lovely, dynamic bunch of women!”… Susan

“Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to join the GaGa sisterhood. I really enjoyed everyone and the common bond we all share in our own way as Grandmothers. It is surely a great group of women and I loved how open hearted everyone was, I felt very much at home”… Mary Beth

“I get many newsletters. By far, I’d say yours is one of the most interesting and useful” … Helga

“Usually I avoid groups, but the GaGa Sisterhood is very special and I enjoy the meetings, the subjects, and the other grandmas tremendously. Thank you for creating this group and keeping us going”… Carolyn

“Your Sisterhood organization information has been so helpful in preparing me for this unexpectedly rewarding time of life. Thank you” … Carolynn

“Thanks for sending the GaGazine. All of your tips and work are so valuable and fill such a need in uniting three generations”… Berna

“Your newsletter is consistently informative. I don’t know how you do it, but you write the best e-newsletters. I read every part of it. I am sorry that I missed this meeting, but your newsletter brought me up to date.  Thank you”… Carol

“Every meeting has offered something to take away with me ~ some little nugget of advice, some inspiration, a closer connection with another GaGa”… Susan

“You are in for lots of treats as our GaGa gatherings are always very enjoyable”… Kathleen

“After meeting all of you, I’ve been inspired by how you nurture your grandchildren and how GaGa Sisterhood is truly a place for us to be nurtured. You are a wonderful group of ladies and I am proud to have become a member”… Carol

“Your GaGazine is awesome!  Colorful, straightforward, and loaded with information”… Len

“The GaGazine is a real winner!”… Joyce

“You always produce an enjoyable must read. I look forward to every new issue. Keep up the Grand work!”… Christine

“I really had a transformative experience this afternoon! I came home and described the meeting in detail to my husband who was very interested and so pleased that I had this opportunity. The women were so open, and willing to share their experiences and caring attitudes! I will definitely join the group and hope to eventually bring some friends along too!”….Sue

“Thank you for being the very special, loving and caring person that you are. You are so generous to share your natural talents as our leader, to be better grandparents and people. We continue to learn much in many ways...from the speakers you bring to us, by the friendships and commonalities, to the fun and laughs, and even tears we share.  It is truly the very best, because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear Donne”…. Carol

“You plan such lovely meetings for all of us. I have developed two new friendships from our group, for which I will be ever grateful”… Bev

“What a wonderful GaGa Sisterhood meeting! The way you organized it worked so well and the questions really generated discussion in a most meaningful way. Hats off to you for figuring out how to make it work!”… Marcia

“The GaGa Sisterhood provides not only a place to brag, bond and benefit, but also a place for support, sharing and just plain silliness as we explore who we are as active, involved and evolving grandmothers”… Susan

“I feel very fortunate to have discovered GaGa Sisterhood while visiting my daughter who recently moved to California from the East Coast where I live. I’ve attended just a couple of meetings so far but those meetings and the women I’ve met there have helped me feel more at home at “my home away from home”. Because of this, I am trying to time my future visits to the West Coast, whenever possible, to match the bi-monthly GaGa Sisterhood meetings”… Marcia

“I love the speakers who present at our GaGa Sisterhood meetings.  They are always the highest caliber professionals and they always have something really interesting to say”… Carol

“I really enjoy meeting with this group of women. They are far more informed than the grandma’s of yesteryear. Moreover, they are willing to open up, share, and be enlightened by others. The group of women is very eclectic–each woman has a unique and individual gift to bring to our circle.”… Lisa

“I enjoyed the meeting today. It felt like a comfortable, supportive and fun place to be. Thanks for organizing this group. I think it is a good fit for me and I look forward to future get togethers”… Ricka

“Great meeting. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Very supportive and collegial. Thanks for creating such a warm environment”… Berna

“Thank you for an absolutely outstanding GaGa meeting this afternoon. I feel fortunate to be a part of this lovely group of women. It was an exceptional meeting and I appreciated how honest and genuine everyone was.”… Cheri

“I loved today’s GaGa meeting, it was enlightening and ever so much fun! I can’t wait until the next one in September. So glad I am now a part of this wonderful group of Grandmas!”… Carol

“I admire the way you run the meetings, how inclusive you are, and, mostly, the fact that you created this group out of a common life event–being a grandmother” .... Miriam

“What a treat to be able to share this amazing grandmother experience with those that ‘get it!’ Such a joy!”

"Being a part of The GaGa Sisterhood is such an incredible gift! I love the intellectual stimulation and the building of new relationships. I hope you understand what an incredible experience you're offering to so many of us. You truly are a blessing and I deeply appreciate all you do to make our meetings so meaningful"  .....  Kate

"Your newsletter has great information that's given me inspiration and wisdom on my journey as a grandparent." .... Diane

"Thank you for all you do for us. You enrich our lives and expand our minds" ... LH

Some Kudos GaGa Sisterhood Received Over The Years

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