May GRG Connections

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Issue 11               Volume 11             


MAR of the WPB GRG Group

Recommends reading:

“When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us”, By Jane Adams, Ph.D.

MAR says, “I want to say the book was a fantastic read.  It has kept me sane these past few weeks.  It could not have come into my life at a better time.  Six days after I pick up my son (from prison), I will be in the Keys for 3 days.  This book gave me permission to enjoy myself!”


Dear Margret Corner:

My 15 year old granddaughter came to me and mentioned she wants to try oral sex. She stated all the other kids in her school are trying it & saying “it’s not really sex.” How do I talk to her about this, if it’s not already too late? Please help.

Desperate in WPB

Dear Desperate,

Be honest when talking to your granddaughter. Show and tell her the facts – Oral sex is definitely sex and an act where she can acquire an STD (sexually transmitted disease) as well as HIV & AIDS from others.

Consider asking her:

  1. Does she know what oral sex is?
  2. How comfortable does she feel about giving/receiving oral sex?
  3. Does she want to experience it because all the other kids are trying it?
  4. Does she think it will make her popular?
  5. Is she being pressured by her peers to try it?

For more information on how to talk to your child about sex, choices, consequences & relationships please check out the UF website and local resources in Palm Beach County

FCS2251/FY852:  Communicating with Teens about Sex: Facts, Findings, and Suggestions.

Comprehensive AIDS program of PBC:

Client Services 561-472-2466

North County 561-844-1266

Southern County 561-274-6400

The Glades 561-996-7059

Your local library has many books on how to talk to your child about sex, choices, relationships, consequences, peer pressure and more.


A WPB GRG Grandmother’s Breast Cancer Story and Thanks

By Pamela

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago.  I had a lumpectomy March 13, 2012.  My friends Lilly and Emilio, a couple that have dedicated their lives to helping people in need, were there for me all the way.

I met Lilly and Emilio 4 years ago after my husband of 45 years died.  We were volunteers at the Helping Hands food pantry.

Lilly and Emilio were there from the surgery to recovery.  They took care of my 14 year old grandson with autism while I was recovering.  I also received best wishes and concern from Sue, Ronney and Lisa of the GRandS/GRG West Palm Beach Group.

I want to say Thank You God for the Angels (Lilly, Emilio, Sue, Ronney and Lisa) you sent me in my time of need.


Are You Missing Out on Benefits?

From the April 2012 AARP Bulletin

By Joan Rattner Heilman

A nationwide campaign launched by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Association of Area Agencies on aging aims to help older adults learn about two easily accessed resources that can connect them to needed support.

  •  BenefitsCheckUp (, NCOA’s free, comprehensive online screening site, features more than 2,000 public and private programs for low-income Medicare beneficiaries.
  •  Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116 or, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, provides information about local agencies and organizations that support seniors, their families and caregivers.

 Find both resources at


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