Jean Yarger has been an elementary and middle school teacher, business owner, serial entrepreneur and avid gardener. She is a wife and mother whose personal and professional life are focused on assisting and inspiring people to be their best. Her multidisciplinary experience in education, business, and parenting have taught her that people succeed when inspiration, perseverance, opportunity and talent collide.
Jean and her husband have two sons. Upon the births of their grandchildren, Jean began telling them stories about the magic of nature, the creatures in her garden, and the history of who they are. Jean discovered that grandparents are an important bridge between the past and the future and Bringing Up Nana was born.
Dedicated to inspiring the next generation, Bringing Up Nana is a resource for parents and grandparents who are looking for opportunities to create meaningful communication between the generations and a legacy for the future. As Jean puts it, “Grandparents are not born. They develop over time. Marinated in experience and love, Grandparents are responsible for living a legacy that will support their children and inspire their grandchildren”
To schedule a presentation to your organization, contact Jean at www.jean@bringingupnana
We are not our grandparents, grandparent! We are a resource! Which leads me to ask, what will our legacy be? How will we influence and care for the future? According to the Legacy Project, our lives will span seven generations. And each of us, in turn, becomes a bridge between the three generations before and the three after we were born. As grandparents, we have the unique opportunity to create meaning in our own lives by informing, inspiring and, reinforcing the foundation from which generations to follow will innovate and thrive.
I am concerned that, in the not too distant future, I will be asking my Granddaughter, “Honey, is this the real world or the virtual world?” My Granddaughter will giggle and respond, “Oh Nana. Your so funny.” And that may be, but I’ll be left wondering where I am. I mean, it’s one thing to, have problems with remembering things but, not knowing if the experience is real or virtual is whole different level of confusion.
As a child I was often told to stop daydreaming and come back to reality. I was raised to believe that the real world was where real things happen. I understand that technological advances have been made by humans since the beginning of time. Always in search of a better, safer, easier way. It is what we humans do. It is also true that innovation often begins as a dream. But if you spend all your time in the virtual room practicing for life, your dream will never become a reality. Then again, if we are all living in the virtual world – how are we going to define reality?