He has written 2 books: The Secrets of Retailing: How to Beat Wal-Mart, which caught the attention of Ariana Huffington and led to him writing nearly 100 articles for the Huffington Post, and his second, most recent book is "I don’t want to turn three," written from the standpoint of a toddler. His passion is inspiring grandparents to get more involved in the lives of their grandchildren.
Gramps's Journey – Starting the podcast, Gramps briefs his way so far and how he ended up where he is today.
Time with Grandkids – Gramps discusses his recent book and how spending more time with his grandchildren prompted him to write it.
I Don't Want To Turn Three - Gramps shares the exciting story behind the title of his recent book.
Role models – Gramps explains how elders could serve as role models for children in light of today's lifestyle.
Reading books – Gramps points out the benefits of reading books and why it is necessary to educate children on the value of reading.
How to Think - Gramps stresses the importance of teaching children how to think through reading books.
Do Nice to Someone - Gramps outlines the positive changes that can be created by just asking children what they did today that was pleasant to someone else.
Lessons – Gramps mentions the lessons he hopes his grandchildren have taken away from him.
Baby Boomers – Emphasizing the importance of grandparents as influencers, Gramps shares a message for the baby boomers out there.
Connect with Gramps:
I Don't Want to Turn 3: idontwanttoturn3.com/
I Don't Want to Turn 3: turning3.net/
Mentioned in the Episode
I Don't Want to Turn 3: goodreads.com/book/show/58327437-i-don-t-want-to-turn-3?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=4n0lPGIX66&rank=1
How Will You Measure Your Life? : goodreads.com/book/show/13425570-how-will-you-measure-your-life?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=DHLHzjiYUy&rank=1
I love the passion that Gramps displays for this topic! Here are my 3 insights for thriving:
I loved his suggested question that we ask kids – and I would include ourselves – what did you do today that was nice for someone else? As I mentioned in the interview, we grow in the direction of what we focus on and the questions that we ask ourselves.
Something that I really took away is that we need to be proactive in how we interact with grandkids or in my case nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. We can’t sit back and wait for them to reach out to us.
Something that I often think about relative to my nieces and nephews is what do they learn when they are around me. And, I want to be really clear on this: I’m not trying to teach them anything. I’m not sitting down with them and saying, “I want to teach you a lesson “ or some such thing. I mean, what do they learn by the way that I live my life. What I hope that they see is that I am the author of my life and I own the good and the bad that goes with that. But, I go after my dreams. And that would be my sincerest hope for them – as well as anyone for that matter.