Hello 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.
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!
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,