Author: Emily Stier Adler, Michele Hoffnung
What are the joys and challenges of being a grandparent? How connected do grandparents feel to their grandchildren? Drawing on their experiences, professional knowledge, and interviews with over 200 active grandmothers and grandfathers, the authors offer advice to grandparents to help them build meaningful relationships with grandchildren.
Author: Sylvie de Toledo, Deborah Edler Brown
Publisher: Guilford Press
If you're among the millions of grandparents raising grandchildren today, you need information, support, and practical guidance you can count on to keep your family strong. This is the book for you. Learn effective strategies to help you cope with the stresses of parenting the second time around, care for vulnerable grandkids and set boundaries with their often-troubled parents, and navigate the maze of government aid, court proceedings, and special education. Wise, honest, moving stories show how numerous other grandparents are surviving and thriving in their new roles. Updated throughout, and reflecting current laws and policies affecting families, the second edition features new discussions of kids' technology use and other timely issues.
Author: Bonnie Louise Kuchler
Publisher: Willow Creek Press
This sweet, caring, thoughtful book on the value of the older generation includes terrific color photos of wildlife families that are perfectly matched with quotations that pay tribute to the love, wit, and wisdom of grandparents.
Author: Kim Chamberlain
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Grandparents often find themselves in awkward positions when it comes to having conversations with their family. Once children become “little people,” they develop likes and dislikes and discover their own interests, all of which may often be at odds with the grandparent’s. Even the most innocent attempt at chatting can produce such conversation-stoppers as “I dunno,” “whatever!” or “who cares!” Similarly, when a grandparent tries to initiate a talk to his or her own children about grandkids’ behavior or activities, it is usually met with a stony disapproving silence or a curt “mind your own business.” And when sets of grandparents get together, the opportunities to criticize each other for spoiling or favoring one of the grandchildren—or the parent whom your child married—can become a prescription for disaster. Fortunately for the growing population of intergenerational family members, help is here in this very practical handbook for seniors who babysit, visit or vacation with, or otherwise spend time with youngsters. Among the topics included are creating safe and friendly environments in which to initiate a chat, selecting age-appropriate conversation openers, avoiding sensitive issues, and developing listening as well as speaking skills. Subjects for conversations include family history, favorite activities, uncritical advice, and hopes and dreams for the future. Although aimed at grandparents, this latest volume in the author’s Conversation Starters series is an essential guide for parents and children as well.
Author: Leonard Sax
Publisher: Basic Books
In The Collapse of Parenting, physician, psychologist, and internationally acclaimed author Leonard Sax presents data documenting a dramatic decline in the achievement and psychological health of American children. Sax argues that rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people—as well as the explosion in prescribing psychiatric medications to kids—can all be traced to parents letting their kids call the shots. Many parents are afraid of seeming too dictatorial and end up abdicating their authority rather than taking a stand with their own children. If kids refuse to eat anything green and demand pizza instead, some parents give in, inadvertently raising children who are more likely to become obese. If children are given smartphones and allowed to spend the bulk of their free time texting, playing video games, and surfing the Internet, they become increasingly reliant on peers and the media for guidance on how to live, rather than getting such guidance at home. And if they won't sit still in class or listen to adults, they're often prescribed medication, a quick fix that actually undermines their self-control. In short, Sax argues, parents are failing to prioritize the parent-child relationship and are allowing a child-peer dynamic to take precedence. The result is children who have no absolute standard of right and wrong, who lack discipline, and who look to their peers and the Internet for direction, instead of looking to their parents. But there is hope. Sax shows how parents can help their kids by reasserting their authority—by limiting time with screens, by encouraging better habits at the dinner table and at bedtime, and by teaching humility and perspective. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of experience as a family physician and psychologist, along with hundreds of interviews with children, parents, and teachers across the United States and around the world, Sax offers a blueprint parents can use to refresh and renew their relationships with their children to help their children thrive in an increasingly complicated world.
Author: Lauren Charpio
Publisher: Lauren Charpio
SUPERANNO Now that we've named the baby, what will we call the Grandparents? While names like Grandma and Grandpa have survived centuries, their reign may soon be over. The 3.5 million boomers who become grandparents each year are choosing more creative and personal names. Hoppa! is a charming, first-of-its kind book that offers hundreds of names and adorable stories designed to help inspire an answer to the inevitable 'what to be called?' question.
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Grandfathers connect us to the past and give us the wisdom we need to face the future. That’s why this artfully designed keepsake offers grandfathers their own special vehicle for sharing their lives with the youngest generation. The contemporary styling and irresistible format--featuring helpful questions written from the grandchild’s perspective--make it wonderfully easy to explore family history. There’s space to mention favorite relatives, jot down beloved stories, and pass on the important lessons that Grandfather learned from his parents--and grandparents. He can recount details of his childhood and teen years; reminisce about how he met Grandma; and reflect on his own experiences with fatherhood. Because the grandchild is also the star, there are questions to inspire Grandfather to remember when he first saw his grandchild, reveal what he likes best about being a grandparent, and relate how being a grandparent has changed who he is as a person. And of course, this essential volume has plenty of room to paste in precious photos and mementos.
Author: Jerry Schreur, Judy Schreur, Erin Schreur
Publisher: Discovery House
Loving grandparents Jerry and Judy Schreur offer creative and sound ways for grandparents to be involved with their grandchildren at every stage of their lives and circumstances - the good times as well as the tough times. Based on the authors' practical exerience, soid rinciples of child development, and anchored in biblical truth, this unique resoure will be welcomed by all grandparents who want to be a positive, caring presence in their grandchildren's lives. Whether it's the wonder years (preschool), the exploration years (elementary school age), the "in transition" years (adolescence), or the "on their own" years (young adults), grandparents can enrich the lives of their grandchildren...and enrich their own lives as well. Readers will be inspired to begin right now to build memories and to pass on their own legacy of fun and faith.
Author: Elisabeth Paice, Sheila Marlin, Lis Paice
Publisher: A&C Black
This down-to-earth guide provides vital information on deciding what you will offer in the way of childcare, how to sort out who will do what (and pay for what), how to structure a day of childcare.
Author: Allen R. Hunt
Every Catholic grandparent dreams of having grandchildren who grow up to be healthy, happy, and, most of all, vibrant in their faith. But with so many influences competing for our grandkids, we might begin to doubt that such a thing is possible. We might wonder how much of an impact we really have. I'm worried about my grandchildren. They don't go to Mass. Is there anything I can do? Do I, as a grandparent, truly have the power to make a difference in my grandkids' lives? Allen Hunt answers these questions with a confident "Yes." In this clear, easy-to-read book, the popular speaker and author shows that a grandparent can be one of the greatest influences on a child's spiritual life, and he offers concrete ways to help grandparents make the most of this opportunity. With an abundance of key ideas, reflection questions, action steps, prayers, and tools, he charts a course that grandparents will find easy and natural to follow in order to enhance their relationship with their grandchildren and introduce them to a vibrant faith life. To any grandparent who has ever felt helpless in the face of a changing and often toxic world, Dreams for Your Grandchild offers the encouragement and the direction you've been looking for, whether your grandchildren are toddlers or teens. Perfect for grandparents or grandparents-to-be, this book celebrates the richness of family life and brings generations together.
Author: Betty Shannon Cloyd
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Today, we're increasingly disconnected from one another. Our mobile society, with its incessant busyness, creates a tragic break in relationships and diminishes the sense of community — even within families. Some parents communicate with their children by texting or calling them — inside their home! With all of the activities children are involved in — school, sports, music, camp, and others — spiritual nurture often gets neglected. "Spirituality makes persons look beyond themselves to the well-being of those around them," writes Cloyd. "How we care for the spirituality of our children, then, is not only crucial for their own well-being; it is crucial for the well-being of our society as well. Spiritual training is a primary role for parents and other family members. It cannot, must not, be neglected or relegated to some other person or agency." Cloyd explores simple ways parents and grandparents can introduce children to the presence of God and nurture them spiritually — even through daily, routine activities as well as planned devotional times. This must-have book includes biblical models of spiritual guides along with insightful stories from children, Christian educators and the author's own experiences as a parent and grandparent. Attentiveness to God's daily presence gives the family (and society) the root system that is necessary to live with whatever events life brings. In parenting and grandparenting, we want to give our children wings, but we must start by providing them with healthy roots. Parents & Grandparents as Spiritual Guides will help you with that critical task.
Author: Clarkson Potter
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Becoming a grandparent is one of the most exciting and rewarding life events. You have so much to teach your grandchildren-- and so much to learn from them, too. This journal will help you capture that relationship, as well as admire the parent your child has become, all the while recalling time spent with generations before you. You can use it to preserve a new grandchild's first few years, or to admire how an older grandchild is changing. Simply turn to today's date and read the prompt at the top of the page. Fill it up, slot your favorite photo into the pocket on the cover, and enjoy this loving record and cherished family keepsake. The perfect gift for... Mother's Day Father's Day A soon-to-be or new grandparent A birthday
Author: Jennifer Kolari
Read Jennifer Kolari's posts on the Penguin Blog. A groundbreaking, counterintuitive parenting approach to create deep, empathic bonds with challenging children A child and family therapist for more than twenty years, Jennifer Kolari began her career working with children who suffer from severe behavioral problems. That experience taught her an invaluable lesson: It wasn't "tough" discipline that helped these kids change their behavior and build self-esteem. It was unending compassion and empathy. Now Kolari applies these lessons in her work with all families, teaching them how to take a non-defensive stance through even the most heated moments. Filled with heartfelt advice, Connected Parenting helps parents: •set limits and change problem behaviors for good •lower the child's anxiety level •stop the endless battles over homework, routines, food, and more •learn how to keep cool in any situation Powerful and inspiring, Connected Parenting includes incredible stories from families who have experienced miraculous transformations- often in just a few weeks-using Kolari's parenting approach. It is a dynamic blueprint for bringing peace and loving connections into any family for life.