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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.

Alienated Grandparent? I thought I was the only one.

By Donne Davis | November 6, 2019

Pat Hanson, author of “Invisible Grandparenting,” interviewed the founder of Alienated Grandparents Anonymous about her new book — “I Thought I Was the Only One: Grandparent Alienation … A Global Epidemic.”

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Angry Granny Needs More Balance

By Donne Davis | May 10, 2021

When a new grandma has unrealistic expectations and overly emotional responses when she is disappointed, she is not being respectful of her grandchild’s parents. Advice columnist Amy Dickinson warns her that she could end up creating a highly charged and toxic dynamic that will damage her relationships.

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That’s What Grandparents Are For

By Donne Davis | December 14, 2009

Looking for a clever way to tell your parents or in-laws that they’re going to be grandparents? Consider giving them a copy of That’s What Grandparents Are For.

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Volunteering Is Good for the Doer

By Donne Davis | January 3, 2022

Randee Bloom will share the benefits of volunteer service at our January 9, 2022, GaGa Sisterhood Zoom meeting. Volunteering can enrich our happiness, health, longevity, and legacy.

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10 Acts of Kindness to Model for Your Grandchildren

By Donne Davis | May 29, 2017

Linda Cohen set out to do 1,000 mitzvahs to honor her deceased father. You can also do acts of kindness, and by doing so, model kindness for your grandchildren.

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Spending Equal Time With Your Grandchildren

By Donne Davis | June 4, 2009

Grandmothers must make a conscious effort to spend equal time with grandchildren to avoid showing favoritism

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The Art of Grandparenting is Available Now

By Donne Davis | August 4, 2009

The Art of Grandparenting, a new anthology written by 20 professional authors who are also grandparents, offers tips and advice to new grandparents.

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Help Your Grandchild Enjoy Nature

By Donne Davis | July 15, 2009

Grandparents can help grandchildren enjoy nature with resources and activities suggested on Green Hour’s website

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Childrens Nursery Rhymes

By Donne Davis | July 25, 2008

We take so many pictures of our grandchildren, but it’s also fun to capture their sweet voices as they’re learning to talk and even sing.

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Parenting Grandkids: A Tale of Tangled Love Stories

By Donne Davis | November 1, 2017

Raising grandkids is hard. Author Joan Callander Dingle adopted her grandson and walked through the emotional, legal and behavioral problems then used her experience to help other grandparents raising grandchildren.

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Give Grandchildren the Gift of Reading

By Donne Davis | November 18, 2019

Encourage the love of reading with your grandchildren by reading out loud to them and you’ll foster a love of literacy as early as infancy.

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How Not to Sweat the Small Stuff with Your DIL

By Donne Davis | August 6, 2018

If you face an unpleasant situation with your daughter-in-law, don’t stew about it. Try moving beyond your feelings, and use these four tips to stop sweating the small stuff!

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Don’t Roll Your Eyes by Ruth Nemzoff

By Donne Davis | September 4, 2012

In her new book, Ruth Nemzoff offers advice on what to do when perfect strangers — or people you wish were strangers — become your family, namely, in-laws.

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Clash of the Grandmas Thanksgiving 2016 on Food Network

By Donne Davis | November 21, 2016

Four grandmas entered the 2016 Thanksgiving Clash of the Grandmas on the Food Network but only one grandma won the $10,000 prize and emerged as the champion.

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How Do Your Children Parent?

By Donne Davis | September 29, 2017

Author Alison Gopnik asks: should parents be “carpenters” and focus their energy on trying to build their kids to be particular kinds of adults or “gardeners,” and create a protected, nurturing space that gives children the freedom to play and explore.

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How to Give Your Grandchildren Career Advice

By Donne Davis | January 17, 2018

Engage in two-way dialogues to promote the best kind of career advice. Rather than spout lectures or reel off “should” statements about what career your grandchild should choose.

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Chickenpox Parties: Safe or Risky?

By Donne Davis | September 21, 2011

Chickenpox parties are organized by parents who want their children to catch the virus naturally rather than getting vaccinated.

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The Delicate Balance of Disciplining Grandchildren

By Donne Davis | March 22, 2011

Of the things that grandparents and parents argue about, discipline is a big one. How do grandparents handle the delicate balance of disciplining grandchildren?

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Difficult Daughter-in-Law: Alienated Grandparents

By Donne Davis | June 24, 2019

Barbara Greenleaf has learned that the difficult daughter-in-law not only creates unspeakable heartache for her in-laws, but also causes serious psychological harm to her children.

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The Challenge of Enforcing Music Practice

By Donne Davis | October 21, 2015

I have a lot of admiration for mothers of musically talented children. It’s a challenge to enforce children to practice their instruments so they’ll be motivated to continue learning.

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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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