GRAND Magazine Vol V Ed IV

GRAND honours and supports grandparents by providing information on resources and businesses for families and a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions • The Perfect Pizza Party • Multi-generational Travel • Downsizing: Finding Your Perfect Fit

GRAND honours and supports grandparents by providing information on resources and businesses for families and a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions
• The Perfect Pizza Party
• Multi-generational Travel
• Downsizing: Finding Your Perfect Fit


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<strong>Vol</strong>. V, <strong>Ed</strong>. <strong>IV</strong><br />

<strong>GRAND</strong><br />

grandmag.ca<br />

Downsizing<br />

Finding Your<br />

Perfect Fit<br />

The Perfect Pizza Party<br />

Multi-generational Travel<br />

<strong>Vol</strong> 5, <strong>Ed</strong> 4 1

Eat<br />

The Perfect<br />

Pizza Party<br />

Looking for a way to keep your grandkids busy on a rainy day?<br />

Why not throw a pizza party?! Pretty much everyone loves pizza,<br />

and it’s a perfect meal for getting kids involved in cooking.<br />

• Even the littlest helpers can decorate their own pizzas.<br />

• Young kids can grate cheese, slice mushrooms with a butter<br />

knife, knead dough and build their own pizzas.<br />

• Encourage older kids to explore the science of yeast by making<br />

their own pizza dough.<br />

• Depending on how much time you have, making pizza can take all<br />

afternoon, or be a quick 30-minute meal. So put on some music, prep<br />

your ingredients and dance your way to a delicious pizza dinner.<br />

Alternative Pizza Crusts<br />

Pizza doesn’t have to be made on a traditional pizza dough. There<br />

are all sorts of alternatives depending on how much time you have to<br />

prepare.<br />

Uncooked Pizza Crusts. If you have 20 minutes to bake a pizza<br />

but aren’t interested in making your own dough, use store-bought<br />

pizza dough instead! Like traditional pizzas, the ingredients don’t<br />

need to be cooked or heated in advance as they will have plenty of<br />

time to cook in the oven.<br />

Top with all your favourite toppings, then follow the baking instructions<br />

on the package.<br />

• Balls of traditional yeasted pizza dough are usually found in the<br />

freezer section of the grocery store. Defrost them in the fridge for 24<br />

hours then get ready for your pizza party.<br />

• Pillsbury offers a quick, refrigerated dough that isn’t quite the<br />

same as a classic pizza crust, but it’s a LOT tastier than premade<br />

frozen pizza.<br />

• Puff pastry results in a crispy golden pizza crust. Just cover it<br />

with the toppings and bake according to the instructions on the<br />

package.<br />

Bread Pizza Crusts. Looking for a super quick meal? Using bread<br />

as a pizza crust means that the pizza will be ready in under 30 minutes.<br />

Here are three options for bread pizza crusts:<br />

• Greek-style pita bread and naan bread are both perfect for a<br />

quick pizza.<br />

• Little kids enjoy making tiny, individual pizzas out of English muffins.<br />

Slice the English muffin in half, then decorate the cut side.<br />

• A baguette sliced in half also makes an amazing pizza crust. I<br />

recommend using pasta sauce instead of pizza sauce on a baguette,<br />

for a really saucy, Sloppy Joe-inspired pizza.<br />

Here’s how to cook your bread-based pizzas:<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F.<br />

2. Lay the bread out on a baking sheet and top with your favourite<br />

pizza toppings. Since the pizzas are only going to cook for a few minutes,<br />

avoid toppings that you wouldn’t enjoy eating raw. Alternatively,<br />

sauté any ingredients that you would prefer fully cooked (for example<br />

onions and mushrooms).<br />

3. Bake the pizzas until the cheese is brown and bubbling, about 5<br />

to 10 minutes.<br />

Traditional Pizza Dough<br />

Making pizza dough from scratch is the perfect rainy-day activity.<br />

It’s fun to watch the yeast bloom and see how it makes the dough<br />

rise.<br />

Give your grandkids a small piece of dough so they can play with<br />

it and make their own dough creation. Bake their butterflies, turtles<br />

and hearts beside the pizzas, just keep an eye on them, as they’ll<br />

probably be ready about 5 minutes before the pizzas.<br />

1 1 ⁄2 cups water<br />

1 envelope instant dry yeast (2 1 ⁄4 tsp)<br />

1 tsp sugar<br />

2 Tbsp olive oil (+ more for coating the dough)<br />

3 1 ⁄2 to 4 cups of all-purpose flour<br />

2 tsp salt<br />

2 Tbsp cornmeal<br />

1. Mix the water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl.<br />

2. Allow the yeast to dissolve and bloom. Then mix in the oil, followed<br />

by the flour and salt. The dough will be very sticky. I recommend<br />

coating your hands with a little bit of oil then kneading and<br />

kneading the dough until it’s smooth and elastic.<br />

3. When you have a nice smooth ball, coat it with a drizzle of oil.<br />

Place it back in the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Let it rise<br />

for 1 hour.<br />

4. After 1 hour, punch down the dough and divide it into 2 balls,<br />

along with a few smaller balls for kids to play with. Let the dough<br />

rest for 10 minutes while you get the rest of the pizza ingredients<br />

ready.<br />

5. Preheat the oven to 475˚F and prepare the pizza toppings.<br />

6. When the oven is preheated, roll out the pizza dough on a lightly<br />

oiled surface. Each dough ball should make a 12-inch pizza crust.<br />

7. Sprinkle two baking sheets with cornmeal and place the pizza<br />

crusts on the baking sheets.<br />

8. Decorate the crusts with your favourite toppings.<br />

9. Bake for 15–20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and crust is<br />

golden brown.<br />

Emillie Parrish loves having adventures with her<br />

two busy children. You can find more of her recipes<br />

in her recently released cookbook Fermenting<br />

Made Simple. fermentingforfoodies.com<br />

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Explore<br />

Multi-generational Travel<br />

Multi-generational travel has been popular for some time<br />

and now there is an increase in skip-gen or ‘gramping’<br />

travel, when grandparents travel alone with the grandkids<br />

leaving mom and dad behind. It’s a great opportunity to<br />

get to know the grandkids, create life-long memories and travel<br />

experiences for your grandchildren.<br />

The planning process should be as fun as the trip itself and<br />

when all involved participate it is sure to be a hit! If you want<br />

to get really creative, how about a mystery trip? With hidden<br />

clues along the way and the destination a surprise, it is sure to<br />

keep everyone interested and engaged in the trip itself. If the<br />

thought of the planning is just too overwhelming, there is always<br />

help by way of your local travel advisor.<br />

To make the most of your trip, here are a few tips and ideas<br />

to get you started.<br />

1. Family Meeting: Gather the troops together and ensure<br />

everyone is on the same page. Are you looking for an actionpacked<br />

or relaxing getaway? Being on the same page at the very<br />

beginning will help avoid disappointment and conflict. You<br />

may have an aspiring marine biologist that would love a trip to<br />

the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island or perhaps<br />

for the animal lover stop in at the Greater Vancouver Zoo<br />

in Langley.<br />

2. Planning: Once you’ve agreed on the overall concept,<br />

plan together. Involve the grandkids! If they are old enough<br />

to research, have them look into activities and points of interest<br />

along your route and at your destination. This way they<br />

are invested, and you never know what they may find! Need a<br />

theme? How about a farm tour, totem discovery tour, cycling<br />

tour or see as many waterfalls as you can tour?<br />

3. Consider Everyone’s Needs: Are there special requirements<br />

for accommodation and restaurants? Separate bedrooms<br />

for the snorers in the group? Restaurants that offer a menu to<br />

suit everyone’s taste, including accommodating any food allergies<br />

or preferences? Did you know your grandson is afraid of<br />

heights or your granddaughter is a vegan? Having some options<br />

in advance will save a lot of time and frustration on your trip.<br />

4. Plan for Meltdowns: Adult or child, there will be at least<br />

one. Plan your day to include some down time, respect each<br />

other’s pace while doing activities and keep to familiar schedules.<br />

Stopping for meals before everyone (including grandpa)<br />

is hungry. Stop at the local deli for a picnic lunch on the beach,<br />

stop at the local food truck or farm-to-table restaurant. And<br />

remember to always have a plan B!<br />

5. Trip Photographer: Perhaps the most important job of<br />

all! Designate someone as the trip photographer. To appease<br />

multiple volunteers, you may want to alternate days. If you<br />

have younger grandkids, pick up some disposable cameras. It’s<br />

always fun to see what has sparked their interest. If it is a special<br />

trip, you may want to consider hiring a professional photographer<br />

for a couple of hours or for the day. Either way, you<br />

want to capture those family memories.<br />

We have so many beautiful and wonderous places to visit in<br />

the Lower Mainland, in the province and across Canada. Take<br />

this time to enjoy it with your grandkids and spend some quality<br />

time together.Here are some resources to help in your planning:<br />

destinationvancouver.com, hellobc.com.<br />

As co-owner of Departures Travel Sidney,<br />

Cathy Larsen is passionate about sharing<br />

her love of travel—even after 35 years of<br />

experience in the industry. She enjoys life<br />

and sees travel as more than a stamp in<br />

their passport! departurestravel.com,<br />

facebook.com/DeparturesTravelSidney,<br />


Home<br />

Downsizing<br />

Finding Your<br />

Perfect Fit<br />

All of your kids are out of the house and now your home<br />

feels like a big empty space. The idea of keeping up on all<br />

the work in the yard gets more daunting with every passing<br />

year and vacuuming the stairs has become a real CHORE!<br />

The thought of leaving the home your kids grew up in likely<br />

feels overwhelming and emotional, but now may be the time<br />

for you to downsize into a space that better suits your current<br />

needs. You will have an exciting new space that is easier for<br />

you to maintain, and you will save money on hydro and property<br />

tax. No matter if you’re making the change as a couple or<br />

on your own, there are a variety of downsizing options for you,<br />

maybe some you haven’t even thought of before!<br />

A Smaller House<br />

Maybe you cannot imagine not having a stand-alone house<br />

with a yard, but your current house is just too big. You may<br />

want to investigate buying or renting a smaller home that better<br />

suits your current and future needs. A one-story home with<br />

a small yard would allow you to still have an extra bedroom for<br />

family visits, a small garden and no extra stairs to deal with.<br />

Townhouse or Apartment<br />

Buying or renting an apartment or townhouse is ideal if you<br />

no longer want to deal with any yard work and are ready for a<br />

cozier space. Moving into an apartment or townhouse may be<br />

a consideration if you are still fine doing all your own cooking<br />

and housework, but don’t want to deal with any more yard<br />

work or manage any maintenance issues that come up. Townhouses<br />

will give you a bit more space and a private outside entrance,<br />

but most typically have stairs so consider your mobility<br />

needs currently as well as for the future.<br />

Retirement Community/Independent Living<br />

Contrary to widely held belief, retirement communities<br />

(often referred to as independent living communities and occasionally<br />

as senior communities) are not for the “old and frail”<br />

demographic. These communities are full of life! You have a<br />

private suite to live in while also reaping the benefits of weekly<br />

housekeeping, most to all your meals prepared for you and activities<br />

and community events for you to enjoy. This type of living<br />

situation is ideal for someone who is still able to take care<br />

of themselves and enjoys their own private space but is also<br />

looking for someone else to take care of those tedious chores<br />

that you oversaw for years. Being a part of these communities<br />

is also a fantastic way to meet people your age and have access<br />

to fun entertainment, activities and outings. One monthly cost<br />

includes everything, and most of these independent living<br />

communities also have laundry services, libraries, hair salons,<br />

recreational services and visiting health professionals.<br />

Assisted Living or Long-Term Care<br />

If failing health is an issue and you or your partner needs<br />

extra care, it may be time to investigate assisted care homes or<br />

long-term care communities to get the proper care you need.<br />

In most cases assisted living communities provide you with<br />

a small private room to decorate as you choose, as well as all<br />

meals are prepared for you and housekeeping is typically done<br />

daily. Plus, there is a 24-hour care team of nurses and registered<br />

care aides who will look in on you as often as needed and<br />

are available with the push of a button. You no longer need<br />

to worry about remembering to take your medication and the<br />

rooms are often equipped with special beds and other equipment<br />

to make you feel more comfortable and safer in your living<br />

space.<br />

Moving in with Family or Friends<br />

You likely have a few friends or know other couples your age<br />

who are in the same boat as you are so consider teaming up and<br />

buying or renting a home to live in together roommate style.<br />

You can share in the responsibilities of doing or paying for the<br />

housework. The Golden Girls made it work—and had a lot of<br />

fun together!<br />

With the rising housing costs in BC, you may also consider<br />

moving in with your kids to help them out with the mortgage.<br />

Many homes have basement or garden suites as mortgage helpers.<br />

You can have your personal space for relaxing and be close<br />

enough to spend quality time with your grandchildren.<br />

Erika Palmer is a writer living in Victoria with<br />

her husband and daughter. She believes most<br />

problems can be solved with a good cup of tea<br />

and a huge piece of chocolate.<br />

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Make sure you are included in the upcoming<br />

Independent School & <strong>Ed</strong>ucation Guide!<br />

This is the most comprehensive list and resource for families.<br />

10 Types of Private Schools<br />

T<br />

here is no such thing as a homogenous private school system.”<br />

In reality, the private school world is defined by choice. There are<br />

many types of private and independent schools, and they come<br />

in many different configurations. Some schools educate children from<br />

kindergarten all the way to grade 12, while some start at grades six or<br />

eight. Others are high school only. It all depends on what you’re looking<br />

for in your child’s education.<br />


This is the traditional model of schooling: a school that students<br />

attend from morning until mid-afternoon, returning home afterward<br />

and staying home on the weekends. Parents largely take on helping<br />

kids develop good schoolwork habits, such as studying for upcoming<br />

tests and completing homework thoroughly, especially with younger<br />

students.<br />


At a boarding school, students live at school during the week within<br />

the school year calendar. At some schools—and depending how far<br />

away students’ family homes are from school—they may live at school<br />

on weekends, too. Students go home for breaks, such as the Christmas–New<br />

Year break and spring break, and for the summer. Boarding<br />

school can start in middle school (grades six through eight) or in high<br />

school (grades nine through 12). Boarding school is highly structured,<br />

with set times for study after school and during examination periods,<br />

set “free times” during the week, as well as curfews. Supervision and<br />

support are provided by staff such as peer counsellors, residential<br />

dons and academic staff, including teachers. Boarding school students<br />

are deeply involved in academics and extracurricular activities. This<br />

is a highly personal choice for a child and his or her family. Some kids<br />

thrive at boarding school, while others are much better suited for day<br />

school.<br />


In single-gender schools, the student body is all boys or all girls.<br />

Some believe that boys and girls experience less peer pressure, focus<br />

better on learning and operate differently in school without the distraction<br />

of the opposite sex. Some studies point to better grades and<br />

a higher rate of admission to four-year university programs. Singlegender<br />

schools may help break down gender stereotypes—leading to<br />

more girls taking maths and sciences, for example.<br />


Often referred to as “co-ed,” this is a school in which the student<br />

body is made up of boys and girls attending classes together. It mirrors<br />

the real world, where boys and girls, men and women interact and<br />

work together all the time. Some believe that going to school together<br />

helps girls and boys benefit from the other gender’s learning style,<br />

promoting cooperation.<br />


Depending where you live in the country, schools based on world<br />

religions can be found: Bahá’í Faith, Christian (specific denominations<br />

or non-denominational), Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh. Faith-based<br />

schools offer full academic curricula that adhere to or exceed required<br />

provincial standards, but also religious instruction. The faith’s general<br />

worldview is reflected in teaching and is part of the life of the school.<br />

Parents should learn about a school’s curriculum to ensure that, while<br />

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We’re an active and diverse group—an engaged,<br />

evolving and powerful force. We’re<br />

mentors, nurturers, keepers of secrets.<br />

We’re caregivers, child care providers,<br />

dessert-before-dinner defenders. We’re<br />

historians, spiritual guides and the holders<br />

of family stories.<br />

<strong>GRAND</strong> celebrates who you are as a grandparent<br />

and who you are as an individual.<br />

You love spending time with your grandchildren<br />

and you’re happy in your other<br />

roles: at work, in the community and on<br />

your own. <strong>GRAND</strong> acknowledges that you<br />

are not “one or the other”—an “either/or”<br />

version of yourself—you are many different<br />

things to many different people. And to<br />

yourself.<br />

With an Island perspective that speaks<br />

to an international readership, <strong>GRAND</strong> is<br />

the source for on-the-go grandparents of<br />

up-to-the-minute and thought-provoking<br />

information and ideas—on everything from<br />

having fun, staying fit and things to do to<br />

travel, leisure, health and technology. Think<br />

of <strong>GRAND</strong> as a trusted friend who happily<br />

shares those “senior moments” (in the<br />

best sense of the words!) and keeps you<br />

informed and connected to the issues and<br />

ideas that really matter. After reading an<br />

issue of <strong>GRAND</strong>, you should feel inspired,<br />

up-to-date and informed.<br />

Downsizing<br />

Finding Your<br />

Perfect Fit<br />

Jim Schneider Publisher<br />

publisher@islandparent.ca<br />

Sue Fast <strong>Ed</strong>itor<br />

editor@islandparent.ca<br />

Kristine Wickheim Account Manager<br />

kristine@islandparent.ca<br />

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raeleigh@islandparent.ca<br />

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publication that honours and supports grandparents by providing<br />

information on resources and businesses for families and a forum<br />

for the exchange of ideas and opinions. Views expressed are not<br />

necessarily those of the publisher. No material herein may be<br />

reproduced without the permission of the publisher.<br />

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