The Benefits of Traveling with Your Grandchildren

“Pick Em’ Off … One At a Time!”

Those of us who are grandparents know that you had better not make a promise to one of your grandchildren unless you mean it.

I am blessed to have, Sascha Yasmeen Ellison, who I often say is my favorite granddaughter. However, she is also my ONLY granddaughter.

She has a platter full of responsibilities, including going to school to be a nurse, working on a part-time basis and taking care of Saniah, a rambunctious three-year-old. If anyone needed a break in the action, it was Sascha.

Sascha knows that I go to Ixtapan de la Sal which is a great spa outside of Mexico City. Last year she called me out, and I had to make good on my promise to take her. Off we went for one solid week to be pampered and taken care of by wonderful technicians.

Since I had her all to myself, there was a lot of coaching and counseling on my part.

I was able to get to know her as a young adult.

On the other hand, she was able to get to know her grandmother as someone other than “just a grandmother.” Sascha and I laughed, talked and bartered/shopped. We were able to see some first run movies, including “Ted.” She tried to stop me from seeing it because she felt it wasn’t “age appropriate” for a grandmother. Ha!

It doesn’t make any difference where you go, but start to pick off one grandchild at a time and just have a “Granny/Grandpa and Me Trip.” You will create wonderful lifelong memories.

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About Beatrice Bailey

Beatrice Bailey was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa to a Baptist minister father and a mother who was a gospel recording artist. She has three sisters and one brother. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. Retired since 2004 from management positions with both the Xerox Corporation and the State of California, Bea now conducts customized seminars on “Budgeting for the Not So Rich and Famous”, “Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together…The Ultimate Balancing Act,” as well as interview techniques entitled, “Selling the Sizzle and Not the Steak.” In addition, she is an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA, where she is an Adult Sunday School teacher. Bea has been a Head Feature Writer for Senior Magazine of Northern California. She also writes a monthly newspaper column entitled, “Uniquely Bea” Currently, she has authored a best-selling book, entitled, "Farewell, My Friend” and is conducting presentations and book signings throughout the United States and Mexico. "Radio Luz,” a Spanish Speaking Christian Radio Station, has interviewed her multiple times. Bea also was selected to be included in a book by The Author’s Show, as one of the "50 Outstanding Writers You Should Be Reading”. Bea has produced and hosted a new innovative television show, “A-Z with Bea”, which aired in November 2009 on RCCTV, Sacramento, CA. Bea is active at St. Paul Baptist Church and is an Adult Sunday school Teacher, and a Small Accountability Group Leader. She is a member of Kaiser’s Bio-Ethics Committee and on the Board of Advisors for the East Lawn Corporation. Recently, she has been asked to participate as a speaker with the Black Health Today national organization. To relax, Bea likes to work out at the gym, walk, knit, paint, sew, cook, garden, and read. Traveling within the United States, Mexico, Asia, the Caribbean, South America and Europe is one of Bea’s true passions. She has two adult children, one “bonus son”, five wonderful grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She resides in Northern California.

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