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.
As a loving grandfather and cartoon creator who has never grown up, let me say Grandloving is a true treasury for every age!” Bil Keane, creator, The Family Circus
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 is the founder of Gramma's Graphics, Inc. and the online resource www.grandloving.com, has served as a judge for the Moms Choice Award, and volunteers her time and expertise to help battered women and children in Virginia. She lives in Lancaster, Virginia. Julie Carlson has been an editor since 1989 and currently freelances for the university presses at Harvard and Yale. Her developmental editing projects include Green Intelligence and Habeas Corpus. She lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Bower has taught for eleven years, with experience in elementary students, mentoring new teachers, teaching prospective teachers at Loyola University Chicago, and supervising student teachers at Northwestern University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book
Cuttings from our Philosophical Scrap Box 1 Nine Months and Counting2 Hello Baby!3 Love Across the Miles
4 With Open Arms: When Your Grandchildren Visit5 Pack to Play: Enjoying Grandchildren at Their Home
6 Heartfelt Holidays and Family Traditions7 More Mailbox Treasures8 Looking Ahead: Tweens, Teens and Beyond9 A Click Away: Keeping Close with Technology10 Caring for Your Grandchild11 Helpful Resources for Grandparents12 Favorite Books to Cherish and Share AcknowledgementsNotesIndexThe Most Important Family Tradition