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Grandloving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren
Synopses & Reviews
Proud winner of the 2007 iParenting Media Award, the National Parenting Publication's (NAPPA) gold and honors award (2005 and 2007), and the 2006 Family Choice Award Awarded the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and called "Outstanding" by Parent Council Created by a mother- and daughter-in-law team, this sourcebook lays out a game plan to help grandparents grow closer to their grandchildren. Incorporating advice from more than 350 families nationwide, the guide offers specific tips for bonding with children, from babies to teens. Among its hints are more than 200 easy, low-cost, do-together and long-distance activities; ideas for handling visits, holidays, and family traditions; valuable resources; and selected book reviews. Grandparents will learn how to have a successful visit with their new grandchild, create fun projects and gifts—like yummy-smelling playdough, photo placemats, peek-a-boo books, and musical instruments made from common household items—and explore science and the outdoors. Grandparents are also given insight into how to find common ground, “be real,” and maintain a close relationship during what is often a difficult time for older grandkids.
Winner of four national parenting awards, this sourcebook provides a game plan to help grandparents be the grandparent every child wants! Created by a mother- and daughter-in-law team, Grandloving features tips from more than 350 families on long-distance grandparenting, visits, holidays, and resources; book reviews; plus over 200 activities to do with or mail to grandchildren.
About the Author
Sue Johnson has contributed numerous articles for quilting and craft magazines, including Crafts, Quilt World, and Threads. Her work has also appeared in The Crazy Quilt Handbook and The Fiberworks Sourcebook. She is currently the CEO of Gramma Graphics. She lives in Lancaster, Virginia. Julie Carlson is an editor and ghost writer for the university presses at Harvard and Yale where she has edited many books including the Pulitzer prize-winning A Nation Under Our Feet and The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn. She lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Ann Ruethling is the coauthor of Under the Chinaberry Tree and the founder and CEO of Chinaberry Books. She lives in Spring Valley, California.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book
Cuttings from our Philosophical Scrap Box
1 Nine Months and Counting
2 Hello Baby!
3 Love Across the Miles
4 With Open Arms: When Your Grandchildren Visit
5 Pack to Play: Enjoying Grandchildren at Their Home
6 Heartfelt Holidays and Family Traditions
7 More Mailbox Treasures
8 Looking Ahead: Tweens, Teens and Beyond
9 A Click Away: Keeping Close with Technology
10 Caring for Your Grandchild
11 Helpful Resources for Grandparents
12 Favorite Books to Cherish and Share
The Most Important Family Tradition
What Our Readers Are Saying