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
Excerpt From Where Magic Lives
I giggled. “Jenkins can’t talk, Nana.”
Nana pretended to be offended.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Jenkins talk. Of course, I am a very good listener!”
I looked at Jenkins. He was sound asleep, cookie crumbs on his whiskers. Big puffy clouds covered the sun. It was getting chilly. I climbed onto Nana’s lap. Nana smelled like the sheets hung outside to dry, fresh and clean. She wrapped a warm blanket around us.
“Take a closer look. That sly rabbit sleeps with one eye open. He doesn’t miss a thing. In fact, it was Jenkins who introduced me to the magic in my garden. I will never forget that day.”
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Written for 5–12-year-old children, Where Magic Lives is about that moment when a child discovers the difference between fiction and reality. It is about the disappointment felt when the stories and fictional characters that we believed in and loved loose their mystique. We discover that there is no easy way and that each of us is responsible for keeping the magic that inspires us to use our imaginations and innovate. Creating a story or composing a song is magical!