Who do you turn to when you’ve got a question about being a grandma? Another grandma, right? No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s comforting to talk to other people going through the same things you are.
That’s why I started the GaGa Sisterhood. I became a grandma in 2003 and watched my daughter with her newborn. I was baffled by all her new parenting methods. I had so many questions about my new role, I needed reassurance from other grandmas that my feelings were “normal.”
On December 7, 2003, inspired by moms groups, I founded the GaGa Sisterhood for grandmas. I invited fifteen grandmas to my home to talk about what it means to be a modern grandma. We sat in a circle in my living room and talked for two hours. I realized the role of “grandma” was complicated and together we grandmas could help each other figure it out better than one grandma all by herself.
I found my Sisterhood — and I’ve been growing it for the past 17 years. I’ve created a community of dynamic, engaged grandmas. We share our wisdom and inspire each other to keep growing so we can be our best grandma selves for our children and grandchildren. We love being grandmas and we aren’t afraid to share our challenges as well as our joys.
It’s comforting to have another grandma tell you:
- You’re not the only grandma confused or conflicted about your new role.
- You’re not the only grandma walking on eggshells.
- Things are different with our adult children – they do things their own way – very different from the way we did.
- They don’t need our advice.
Over the past 17 years, we grandmas have been navigating this amazing, joyful, sometimes heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, complicated journey together on many different levels. If you’d like to experience the GaGa Sisterhood, you can connect with us in five different ways:
- Join our Meetup group and come to our monthly Zoom meetings
- Read my weekly blog posts (Thank you for doing that right now!)
- Subscribe to my monthly GaGazine (Click on the top of this page to sign up)
- Follow us on Facebook
- Follow us on Instagram
You can also read my book When Being a Grandma Isn’t So Grand: 5 Keys to L.O.V.E. Your Grandchild’s Parents available on Amazon. This quick read tells you all you need to know to get along with your grandchild’s parents so you can enjoy your grandchild.
At our 17th-anniversary celebration on December 3, 2020, I gave a toast to the 35 grandmas on our Zoom call. Here’s to:
- Sisterhood — where we can connect with vibrant women who LOVE being grandmas, who LOVE our grandchildren, and who LOVE learning
- Our health, well-being, and resilience — pat yourselves on the back for adapting to these unprecedented times
- A healthy 2021 when we can once again wrap our arms around our grandchildren and hug them
I’m truly grateful to all of YOU because, without YOU, there would be no Sisterhood!