About Us

About UsHello everyone!  I’m Lori and I am a single grandparent raising my grandson, Mario, since he was 5 months old.  He’s now a happy, healthy 8 year old and has been the light of my life!  Everything about Mario is so precious to me.

ABOUT ME

Needless to say I never in a million years expected to be raising my grandson, but that’s the path my life took.  Mario’s mother is my daughter, and she is an addict, as a result I ended up being a parent all over again.  There are so many differences between raising your own child and raising a grandchild!  Obviously I am (do I really want to say it?) “older” than I was when I was raising my daughter, and also raising a little boy is completely different than raising a little girl.  Little boys really keep you on your toes! A few other things to know about me are: I love the beach, reading, surfing the internet (I am one of those people who researches everything online! lol).  I also have the best time ever watching Mario play sports, he’s very good and tons of fun to watch!  I never played sports when I was younger and according to Mario I throw a baseball pretty good for a girl, which is totally surprising ME too!  I’ve also learned to catch the ball with a baseball glove and how to play basketball.  Most of all I love being Mario’s grammy!

ABOUT MARIO

Mario is an awesome little guy!  He really, really, REALLY loves sports, especially basketball, baseball and football.  He watches Sports Center a lot on tv and can have an intelligent conversation with any adult about all of the teams and players.  In addition to being a good athlete Mario loves boogie boarding at the beach and swimming at the pool.  He is a good student, a good friend, has empathy for others and he is kind and caring.

OUR MISSION FOR THIS WEBSITE

My mission for this website is to help other grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  There are more and more grandparents raising their grandchildren these days and there are many different kinds of issues we face in this situation than when we were raising our own children.  I would like to share and address the many different things we experience so we can all be the best grand “parents” we can be.  It also helps to communicate and discuss our situations with other grandparents who are also raising grandchildren.  I have not been able to find any kind of support system near me so I could also use some support from all of you too.

Mario also has a very special contribution in the mission for this website. He wants to reach out and help other children who are being raised by their grandparent(s).  Sometimes children can become bitter and feel like their parents didn’t love them enough or didn’t want them.  Mario wants to let them know that their lives can be just as wonderful regardless of not being with their parents.

If you would like to share your story or have and questions or tips please contact me below.  I would love to hear from you.

I hope you will enjoy and learn a lot from my site, and I look forward to learning from you too!

Wishing you all the best,

Lori

 

    14 Commentsto About Us

    1. Biren Limbu says:

      Hi Lori,

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful life with us, One the best sites i’ve visited and i wish you all the success with your life and your website.

      Regards
      Biren

      • admin says:

        Hi Biren,

        Thank you so much for the very nice and very encouraging comment. Wishing you all the best too!

        Lori

    2. Amy says:

      Great site and it’s wonderful that you’re able to take care of your grandson. He is one blessed little boy to have a loving grandmother like you! It’s also a wonderful and encouraging story to share with others who may be in the same spot! Keep doing what you’re doing… making a difference! Best wishes with everything.

      • Lori says:

        Thank you for the kind words Amy and for checking out my site. I’m hoping to help others in the same situation and also the kids! Lori

    3. Judy Workman says:

      This is a beautiful website. I am a grandmother, too, and while I am not raising my grandkids, I do have a substantial role in their lives, because my daughter allows it. I am grateful to her for that. I think your website will have a wider application because there is useful information here for all grandparents, and I will be proud to recommend it to my friends who are grandparents.

      • Lori says:

        Hi Judy! That is wonderful that you have a big role in your grandkids lives! That is so nice of you to recommend my website to your friends who are grandparents, ALL grandparents whether they are raising grandchildren or not are sure to have great advice for ALL parents everywhere. Simply because we have all “been there and done that”! Lori

    4. cookie says:

      Hi lori.. this seems to be something that people need more of.first we have a common ground and her name is Kassidy…for those who may be confused by this …we share a granddaughter.Even though I live in Philadelphia and shLori lives in Florida…I try to keep her updated on all Kassidys groth sprouts Drs appts acheivments annd of course lots and lots of pictures. In return I try to mention her and Kassidys big brother that Lori is raing.I too am a single grandparent.I have two of Kassidys big sisters also. This has been a challendge at times …but I have been doing this for 18years and it has become a way of life for me. I wouldnt trade any of the ups and downs we have had.They have turned into lessons learned. I also want to wish Lori all the love and luck with this site .I will be spreading it to friends by word of mouth so we can all enjoy everyones point of veiw and maybe learn or teach someone the tricks of the trades .Till later Bless you all

      • Lori says:

        Hi Cookie! Thanks for the nice comment, and I will be having you do a post on here soon. Your years of experience will be helpful to everyone! I am going to be introducing Kassidy her soon, can’t wait for everyone to see our princess! Lori xoxoxo

    5. Mevicky says:

      Hi Lori,

      I was not aware of what you were referring to until I read this article. Not a lot of people have been blessed to play a big role in their grandchildren lives.

      All the best success dear.

      • Lori says:

        Hi Mevicky,

        Unfortunately there are more and more grandparents raising their grandchildren. Don’t get me wrong, I feel very fortunate to have my precious grandson with me, but sad for all of the children whose parents are unable to care for them.

        Lori

    6. Hi Lori ~ This is a wonderful site for grandparents raising grandchildren. I wish you well. You might want to include my book as a resource, RAISING OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN: ROOM IN THE HEART. It is a book written not only to help grandparents, but also to raise awareness of this important issue. I am a grandmother who adopted and raised a grandchild. I am also a writer and the author of a novel, THE FORGOTTEN ROSES, as well as the non-fiction book about grandparents and a Blogger for the Huffington Post. Here is a link to my latest Huff Post Blog: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-doucette/grandparents-raising-grandchildren_b_5556815.html

      • Lori says:

        Hi Deborah,

        Thank you for stopping by and for the well wishes! I have included your book and Karen’s on my pages and posts, but I will definitely put up a resource page and add them there also. The best resources are those who’ve experienced raising a grandchild! I love your Huffington Post article and am going to link to it here also.

        Lori

    7. June says:

      Hi Lori,

      Mario seems like a very bright young man. It’s amazing that at his age he wants to be involved in your website to help other kids.

      It so true that even if grandparents are giving the kids all of their love, they still wonder why their parents left them.

      There’s always bitterness in the beginning, but I think as the kids get older they start to accept it more. They start to embrace all the love grandparents are giving, and start being more forgiving.

      I praise you for raising an 8 year old boy as a grandmother. I have two boys ages 5 and 7, I know how much of a hand full they can be. Keep up the great work in your website.

      Aloha,
      June

      • Lori says:

        Hi June,

        Yes, the kids will always wonder why their parents left them, and that’s so sad. Children are so precious….and for their parents to choose drugs over them must be such an awful feeling. Of course the younger children don’t usually know all of the “why’s” of not being with their parents, but they definitely can sense it’s not usually a good reason.

        Yes, boys can be a handful! It was so much different raising a girl, so raising my grandson has been a totally different experience for me!

        Best Wishes to you,

        Lori

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