About Grandpa Tales

Grandpa Tales is a collection of adventures and reflections from a Grandpa’s perspective.

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About Grandpa Tales

Grandpa Tales is a collection of adventures and reflections from a Grandpa’s perspective.

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Welcome To Our Family Lila

By on December 23, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

On December 3, 2015, we welcomed the newest member to our family: Lila Rose Kubica. Lila is Rob (my youngest son) and Hannah’s daughter. Our family now totals 14: 8 adults and 6 grandchildren.   Lila weighed in at 6lbs. 11 oz. and is a healthy young lady.   Now everyone who knows me knows […]

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Negotiating with a Two-Year Old: Any Ideas?

By on September 21, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Brayden was four deep on the depth chart. His sister and two cousins already went through the “No I don’t want to do that” position. So Brayden is now starting. Molly passed through this phase four years ago and I really don’t remember what it was like. She probably was an angel and didn’t ever […]

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Reflections on National Grandparents Day

By on September 14, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Yesterday was National Grandparents Day. I don’t know about you, but I tend to reflect on the meaning of holidays, and National Grandparents Day was no exception. I thought about how proud I am of my grandchildren; I thought about the great job my children are doing with their children; I thought about how being […]

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Talking Is Like Baldness, It Skips a Generation

By on September 7, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

I’ve heard that baldness is inherited and it skips a generation or two. Can talking a lot be the same? The other day, when Brayden was over, I realized that he was talking non-stop. When I asked him a question, he went into great detail with his answer. Edie walked into the room, listened for […]

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Grandkids, Their Pets, and Life Lessons

By on August 31, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

My son Rob texted me this picture the other day. I looked at it quickly, which I’m wont to do with way too many things, and said to no one in particular, “That’s a great picture of Paige.” It wasn’t until I read Edie’s text response, where she referenced the dog in the picture, that […]

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An Airport Surprise

By on August 24, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Have you ever texted with someone and wondered: what’s going on; what’s wrong? Texts can do that to you. They can drive you nuts and you make up stories so dire and dreary that Charles Dickens would look like a comedic writer in comparison. Well that’s what happened to me the other weekend. I was […]

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The Golden Rule for Grandparents

By on August 17, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Crosby, Stills and Nash performed a song I like: Teach Your Children. I heard it again the other day and it got me thinking. How do we grandpas teach our grandchildren? Oh, I don’t me teaching them how to blow a napkin across the table or even put on a sweater. No, I’m talking about […]

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Why Did I Teach Them That?

By on August 10, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Did you ever ask yourself that question? Well if you’re like me, probably not because we think everything we teach our grandkids is either a very useful life skill or something they should know. My wife, of course, disagrees. Now she doesn’t disagree when I teach them an important life skill, like how to stand […]

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Rules for Babysitting a Grandpa

By on August 3, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Paige came over this past weekend, and brought me a delightful birthday present: Jean Reagan’s book How To Babysit a Grandpa. It was illustrated by Lee Wildish. The first thing it reminded me of is that we, as Grandpas, have nowhere near the control of a situation that we would like to think we have. […]

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Driver’s Ed. – Two is Too Much

By on July 27, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Let me start by admitting that I wanted nothing to do with teaching my kids how to drive a car. It wasn’t because I couldn’t teach them (although that may be debated by my children); it was because I was terrified. I realized that teaching driver’s ed. to my kids was a bad idea the […]

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