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A “Super Mommy” Tribute to Mother’s Day with Author Crystal Swain-Bates



Since in the United States Mother’s Day is a few short days away, this episode of the podcast will feature Crystal Swain-Bates, the author of Super Mommy. Before I introduce Crystal, I want to give a shoutout to my mother, Florence Richards. She is Mom to my sister and me, grandma to five incredible adult grandchildren and GiGi to eight adorable little ones ages 15 months to 12 years.

I hardly know where to begin to thank my mom for the many gifts she has given me through the years: she drove my sister and me to piano lessons every week, and the ability to play the piano opened many doors for me. She was a girl scout leader when my sister and I were Brownies and Junior Scouts. Some of my fondest memories are the days at summer Girl Scout camp.

Mom loved to ice skate and every winter when our pond would freeze she would take my sister and me ice skating. I loved watching her skate. She was so graceful as she glided across the ice. I loved watching her twirl and skate backwards and was thrilled when she taught me those maneuvers.
Mom taught me to sew. She would cut up old clothes to give me material to make doll clothes. She would help me select fabric to make my own clothes. I made my first outfit – a jumper and a blouse – when I was 10 years old.

Friends always were welcome at our house; they loved my mom and still do.

When I was 16 mom enrolled me in drivers education class and became my behind-the-wheel practice coach. I am sure those excursions aged her quite a bit. Even thought our car had one brake pedal, that didn’t stop her from hitting the passenger floorboard when she feared I would not stop the car in time. Mom survived and I turned out to be a pretty good driver.

Mom insisted on two rules. The first was stand up straight and hold your shoulders back. As a result, I have good posture. If I feel myself slouching, I hear my mother’s voice say, “Stand up straight and hold your shoulders back.” Her second rule was THINK. When she thought I was about to make an inappropriate decision, she would say. “Think. T.H.I.N.K. Think.” I developed strategic thinking skills, and for that I thank my mother.

My mom is 88 years old and according to her physicians is quite healthy and should live to be at least 100 years old. I hope she remains healthy and happy for a long time. I am not ready to say goodbye. I love you, Mom!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms, grandmothers and aunts who wear a mothering hat. We appreciate all you do!

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Crystal Swain-Bates is a celebrated children’s book author and the owner of Goldest Karat Publishing, which she founded to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature. Her mission is to reshape in a positive way how children of color see themselves.

Her children’s books have been featured on CNN and Huffington Post and used as props for BET’s hit television shows “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game”.

Her book “Big Hair, Don’t Care is one of Amazon’s most highly reviewed black children’s books and was named by the Huffington post as one of “21 Children’s Books Every Black Kid Should Read”

A native of Atlanta, GA, Crystal holds a master degree in international affairs from Florida State University and is an avid world traveler. She is the author of 15 children’s books, including Super Mommy, which is a tribute to her mother.

https://www.crystalswainbates.com/
400 West Peachtree St., Suite 4-513, Atlanta, GA 30308
Crystal@goldestkarat.com

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https://www.publishwithcrystal.com/IG

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The Adventures with Grammy Podcast Welcomes the Good Grandma



Episode 16 Show Notes:

Colleen Rife, the cofounder of goodgrandma.com, is the guest on Episode 16 of the Adventures with Grammy Podcast.

From her website:

Colleen Rife is a mother of five children and a grandmother to six grandchildren and 13 step-grandchildren. Colleen has always loved children and started babysitting at a young age. She was a nanny for a family in New York City the year after graduating from high school. Colleen taught art classes, gymnastics, and dance classes for eight years. All such classes were for children ages three to six years.

Colleen provided daycare in her home for special needs children; she assisted in a deaf and hard of hearing preschool, and she worked at American National Insurance as an office manager before moving in 2012. Colleen graduated from BYU in 1991 with an associate degree in Humanities and earned an associate degree from College of Southern Nevada in Deaf Studies in 2007; she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelorj degree in Elementary Education in 2014. Colleen taught 2nd grade for a year as an intern and kindergarten for two years thereafter.

Colleen’s fulltime job is now working on GoodGrandma, which requires her to spend lots and lots of time with her grandchildren. Colleen loves everything about GoodGrandma and hopes you will love it too!

Richard Rife, aka “Papa Rich,” is a founder of GoodGrandma. Richard has six children and 13 grandchildren, along with six step-grandchildren. He founded GoodGrandma, along with his wife, Colleen Rife, aka “Grandma Colleen.” Richard loves being a grandpa and believes that grandparents, acting appropriately in their role, can have a profound influence for good in the lives of their grandchildren.

Richard’s career has been as a corporate lawyer. After graduating from law school in 1980, Richard clerked for the Nevada Supreme Court, practiced with a litigation firm, and then acted as a foreign legal consultant for the largest law firm in South Korea. He has been general counsel for several large companies over the years and is active today as a Chief Legal Officer and member of the Office of the President for a large company. He also served as chief privacy officer for a worldwide organization.

During his career, Richard spent a decade in South Korea, and he speaks Korean fluently (at least he did when he had the chance to speak it).

In his spare time, Richard serves as a volunteer Board member (and corporate secretary) of a highly respected local charity that provides autism, respite, early intervention, and early head start services to children and families in Utah County. He also enjoys golf but is not nearly as good as he used to be. Richard was a great baseball player when he was a young man; he is a legend in his own mind, and his legendary baseball exploits seem to get better and better, the older he gets.

Our mission at GoodGrandma is to Give Grandmas Good IDEAS!

Ideas about:
Building strong relationships with our grandchildren
Birthdays
Holidays and holiday traditions
Travel
Children’s literature
Gift-giving
Making memories
Supporting our grandchildren’s parents
And many other topics

GoodGrandma is a place for grandmas and grandpas to share information and stories, all with the purpose of becoming better grandparents. We are a whole new generation of tech-savvy grandmothers; okay, not as tech savvy as our grandchildren, but more so than the generation that came before us. We can use technology to become better grandparents. We can use it to keep track of our grandchildren and to make sure we are there for those special moments, to help nurture them and share life experiences like never before. We are passionate about grandparenting. We know there is no such thing as a perfect grandparent, but we want to have meaningful fun with our grandchildren and be “goodgrandparents.” Formerly, grandmothers talked over the back fence; now the back fence is the world!

Goodgrandma raises funds to support Angelman Syndrome research by selling jump ropes: Jumping for Jett
The jump ropes have six-inch handles engraved with “JUMPING FOR JETT Sponsored by GoodGrandma.com”

Each blue rope with white dots is 6′ 5″

All proceeds go to CAN ~ Cure Angelman Now!

Homepage

Website: goodgrandma.com
Instagram: instagram.com/goodgrandmadotcom
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Twitter: twitter.com/goodgrandmarc
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