Thank you to everyone who shared valuable information about the wonders of grandparenting and failed to mention how physically taxing it is.

I am in good shape for 65; I practice mindfulness, hydrate consistently, and go to bed early. As a culinary wellness coach, I have nutrition locked and loaded, and I added yoga and strength training to my schedule two years ago.

Yet, after a week of helping our daughter with the kids, Bill and I feel as though we have completed the entire 500-mile Camino de Santiago.

That’s because we grandparent in an active and hands-on way, and our kids and grandkids LOVE it!

In the past several months, I have heard from thousands of active grandparenting women. Some, like my sister-in-law, provide consistent childcare; others, like us, have extended visits, sometimes babysitting while the kids go to a wedding or take a much-needed break. About a month ago, I posted a video on Instagram of me getting up off the floor without using my hands. I had a baby doll in my arms and talked about the importance of getting in shape to take on active grandparenting.

That reel has over 700,000 views!

It resonated with hundreds of thousands of women in their 50s and above, who are active grandparenting in a way that is different from previous generations. Staying fit and mobile is the difference between being helpful or needing help, and it’s turning us into active agers who embrace grandparenting with unparalleled enthusiasm.

The universe is brilliant!

Just as you reach a certain age and think it’s time to slow down and take it easy, you get some adorable grandkids who inspire you to stay active and be involved in their lives.

Suddenly, you are willing to work to add years to your life and life to those years—so you can spend more time with your grandchildren.

Physically active grandparenting is redefining the role of grandparents as dynamic contributors to family life. Instead of occupying passive roles, we become partners in exploration and adventure, embracing more opportunities with our grandchildren and strengthening the bond with our adult children because we are fun to be around and up for anything.

We want to be wanted and do what it takes to stay involved, helpful, and terrific house guests. Active grandparenting isn’t just what we do with the grandchildren; it’s what we do to make our children’s lives easier, happier, and less stressful.

Our daughter is counting the days until our next visit. She has requested I make a double batch of Coq au Vin so she can freeze some. But what is unspoken is that she enjoys our company and that having us around is helpful. Works for me!

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I am a passionate advocate for food as medicine, life navigator and culinary coach. This is my space for sharing what excites, inspires and motivates me to live my best life. It began as a recipe blog for nourishing, simple, weekday meals and has become something much bigger… a guide to resilient wellness. I am excited to share my knowledge of how daily habits can cumulatively help you to live like you mean it and age like you want to.