Parents of Grown Offspring (POGO) offers constructive, supportive strategies for family issues.

 Barbara Greenleaf

Barbara Greenleaf

Dear Friend,   

In my earlier blog, “When Your Children Won’t Have Children, Part 1,” I examined the emotional fallout from not having grandchildren. Happily, most of the POGOs I interviewed for that piece are resilient and living a satisfying life both with surrogate grandchildren and without them. Hear what they have to say in When Your Children Won’t Have Children, Part 2.
Even without grandchildren, adult family life can get really complicated as illustrated by this week’s puzzler, Sibling Rivalry to the Max. It’s heartbreaking for parents when their offspring’s childhood animosities don’t end with childhood. Our panel offers some thoughts on how to end—or at least live with—sibling rivalry.
Since we’re in the quintessential Jewish children’s holiday, I conclude this post with the Tom Lehrer classic, Hanukkah in Santa Monica. Here, you can enjoy both an illustrated version of the song with vocal and piano by Lehrer himself and a campy version by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. You don’t have to be Jewish to get a kick out of this clever song.

Although we’re all looking at Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, the memory lingers on. Here’s a spoof on today’s food fetishes that can rear their humorous heads at the traditional feast. Dig in!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,

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