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In her new podcast "Go-To Grandma," author and parenting pro Kathy Buckworth and her guests share grandparenting stories and experiences — and RBC cross-border experts reveal travel and lifestyle tips for Canadians ready to venture south.

Learn real-world grandparenting tips from Kathy Buckworth and her celebrity guests as they discuss their experiences in each heart-warming episode of Go-To Grandma. Plus, you’ll hear RBC cross-border experts share insights, trends and advice in Take 5 with RBC.

The Grandparents’ Day Special

In celebration of Grandparents’ Day, Kathy Buckworth kicks off her new podcast with her guest, author Erin Davis. Erin shares her unique and heartwarming grandparent journey following the tragic loss of her daughter Lauren. Joining the show this week is also the head of communications for Kobo with books for grandparents and grandkids.

At the 20-minute mark, Marlene Atzori, Regional Advisor, U.S. Cross-Border Banking, shares some cross-border fundamentals including transferring money, purchasing a property and creating a stress-free lifestyle south of the border.


Mindfulness, media and movement

Grandparents, parents and kids all need some time to take a deep breath and find a calm, steady state of mind. But it’s not always easy. Yoga instructor and co-founder of Mind Management Annabel Fitzsimmons joins Kathy on this episode. Annabel shares simple ways grandparents can practice both mindfulness and meditation, including fun tips to get grandkids involved. If reading is how you unwind, don’t miss Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn discussing why e-books are appealing to seniors and how tech companies are increasingly designing products with older adults in mind.

Afterwards, cross-border tax and estate planning lawyer Jonah Spiegelman from Boughton Law shares tips and tactics for Canadians looking to make a seasonal snowbird or a permanent move to the U.S. in Take 5 with RBC.


Blended families, bold forecasts and better books

Large families aren’t as common as they used to be, but Kathy, a mother of four and grandparent of two, chats with Kids & Company CEO and co-owner Victoria Sopik. Victoria is a mother of eight and grandmother of eleven. Victoria shares her experiences raising six boys and two girls while running a business. She offers tips for busy parents (hint: don’t try to do it all). And as her kids grow their own families, she discusses the admiration she’s received as they begin to recognize the work involved in raising a full house.

Afterwards, RBC Deputy Chief Economist Dawn Desjardins shares an update on the Canadian economy, including her forecast for the Canadian Loonie relative to the U.S. Dollar and what that may mean for cross-border travellers. She reveals reasons for optimism, including the job recovery rate and the uptick in spending on restaurants, shopping and travel.

Finally, if you’re in the market for an e-reader, Kathy chats with Kobo about the latest lineup of devices to suit every reader’s needs.


Murdoch, Media & No Mulligans

One of the toughest transitions in life may just be the transition from parent to grandparent. All of a sudden, you’re no longer making the rules as the surly teens you raised have become parents of their own. In this edition of Go To Grandma, Kathy Buckworth chats with Yannick Bisson, star of CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, and his wife Shantelle, a two-time author who wrote the Amazon best-seller Parenting Your Teen Without Losing Your Cool. As new grandparents to Rory, Yannick and Shantelle talk about the differences between parenting and grandparenting, including the joys and challenges that come with being at arm’s length. And, Yannick shares his thoughts on what kind of grandfather Murdoch would make.

Kathy also chats with Avery Swartz, founder and CEO of Camp Tech – a tech workshop for non-technical people. As she demystifies algorithms, TikTok and privacy, Avery runs through social media fundamentals including how they work, how they’re used and dos and don’ts for grandparents new to the social space.

Fore! At the 20:00 minute mark, be sure to catch Take 5 with RBC as Cathy Burrows provides a fascinating history of legendary golf course architect Donald Ross, along with tips on where to play and why North Carolina may just be the ultimate golf destination.


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