Hi, I’m Donne Davis. Ever since I became a grandma in 2003, I’ve been on a mission to connect with other grandmas and explore what it means to be a modern grandma. We’re in a new era of grandmotherhood. We have more time, technology, and talent. My mission is to inspire grandmas to tap into all these resources so we’ll keep growing along with our grandchildren and children and stay connected with them.
That’s why I founded the GaGa Sisterhood. I wanted inspiration and reassurance from other grandmas that all the joys and challenges I was experiencing in my new role were “normal.”
I love hanging out with other grandmas—they’re creative, fun and energetic. Over the past thirteen years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of grandmas who share the same passion for their grandchildren as I do. They’ve inspired me with their creative energy and motivated me to delve deeper into understanding this fascinating time in our lives.
I write about my experiences and observations of grandparenting in this blog and in my monthly newsletter —the GaGazine. I also write for the Huffington Post and Parenting on the Peninsula, a monthly newspaper featuring my column: The Go-To Grandma.
In September 2012, I published a practical guide for grandmothers and moms: When Being a Grandma Isn’t so Grand: 4 Keys To L.O.V.E. Your Grandchild’s Parents. The paperback is available on Amazon. The ebook is available on Barnes & Noble.
I’m also a contributor to two anthologies: The ART of Grandparenting and Wondrous Child. The ART of Grandparenting is a funny, touching, informative collection of essays, stories, and tips by 20 grandparent authors. In my chapter, How to Become a Go-To Grandma, I’ve written seven strategies for developing lifelong meaningful relationships with our children and grandchildren.
Wondrous Child: The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting, is an anthology of 29 vivid essays by grandparents and grandchildren from diverse backgrounds that addresses those differences and similarities. My chapter, Four Generations of First-Born Daughters, describes how I’ve been able to continue the intergenerational connection I grew up with by including my mother on visits to my granddaughters.
My three granddaughters, who are my favorite playmates, call me “Baba.” Their lively imaginations constantly reignite the child in me and allow me to share their sense of wonder. They have been my catalysts for many creative projects.
When I can’t play with them, I enjoy yoga, Zumba, hiking, journal writing, meditating, singing, and gathering family and friends together for celebrations.
After thirteen years of listening to grandmas share their stories, I’ve come to better understand the many challenges we face in our role as parents of parents. There’s a new dynamic that develops with our adult children and it can often be tricky navigating this unfamiliar territory. I coach grandmas on how to build mutual respect, trust and empathy with the parents of their grandchildren so that they can be a unified team in raising the next generation.
I enjoy speaking to groups and sharing all the wisdom and wonder I’ve gleaned from other grandmothers. In addition to my passion for being a grandma, I have a deep appreciation for the value of rituals and traditions as a method of strengthening bonds between the generations. For the past 15 years, I’ve been speaking and giving workshops on how to create meaningful rituals for all reasons.
So if you’re a grandma who’d like to connect with supportive and creative women, join our sisterhood of multi-faceted women who are crazy-enthusiastic for our grandchildren. You can contact me here to explore one-on-one coaching or book me to speak to your group.
The Mission of the GaGa Sisterhood
The mission of the GaGa Sisterhood is to:
- Explore what it means to be a grandma today—both the joys and challenges.
- Share wisdom and resources that foster understanding between grandmas and their adult children.
- Inspire grandmas to continue growing along with their children and grandchildren.