Spoiling Your Grandchildren
And Start Raising Them
by Sally Houtman, M.S.
Grandparents raising grandchildren. The most recent census figures indicate nearly 4 million U.S. children currently live in households headed by grandparents. Whether due to the child's parent becoming incapacitated from an accident or substance abuse, or the parent's abandonment or untimely death, many grandparents find themselves in the role of parents for the second time.
Both methodical and practical, To Grandma's House, We...Stay, guides grandparents through the turbulent waters of parenting a generation of children once removed. Houtman offers advice on such issues as surviving the court system, dealing with the malfunctioning parent, and most important of all, nurturing the child. The author includes sample dialogues designed to help the children deal with the hurt they are almost certain to feel as a result of their parents' absence. And all this is accomplished in a way that is humorous, intelligent, and loaded with lots of love.
The eight appendices offer listings of general resources, issue-specific resources, international resources, hotlines, books, journals, newsletters, and websites that deal with grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Table of Contents
1. Becoming a Parent--Again
2. Making the Commitment to Raise a Second Family
3. "Where Did I Go Wrong?"
4. Where Have All the Parents Gone?
5. Inheriting a Troubled Child
6. Parenting Two Generations at One Time
7. Things Every Second-Time Parent Should Do
8. Parenting Skills You Didn't Need the First Time
9. The Grandchild's Perspective
Appendix A: General Resources
Appendix B: Help with Specific Problems
"Grandparents raising their grandchildren will do well to read and enjoy this book."
- Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., President and Founder,
[Houtman] offers "opinions, advice, guidelines...in a way that humorous, intelligent, and vastly informational."
- Ethel Dunn, President, National Coalition of Grandparents, Inc.
"The information you provide will be of great service to the many grandparents who today find themselves raising grandchildren..."
- Richard S. Victor, Founder and Executive Director,
"This book reassures families that children nurtured by grandparents can become happy, successful, well-adjusted adults."
- Elinor Nuxoll, Editor and Publisher, Grandparents Journal
"...a 'must read' for anyone who is caring for or raising grandchildren."
- Elaine P. Shelton, Managing Editor, "Off Our Rockers"
"...timely and relevant in an era where the number of children being parented by grandparents is higher than ever and still on the rise."
- Mary Ellen Peterson, Chief Executive Officer, Parents Helping Parents, Inc.
"...in the vanguard of growing interest in a topic that, in one way or another, reaches us all."
- Dixon Arnett, Director, California Department of Aging
"Reassuring and clear. [A] practical guide to the desperate needs of grandparents across the country who find themselves raising their grandchildren."
- Giovanna Stark, Executive Director, Child Development Policy Advisory Committee, Sacramento, California
"To Grandma's House, We...Stay is an excellent resource for the many who are tackling parenthood a second time."
- Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Supervisor, Second District,
"This book is comprehensive and not only discusses feelings and issues but offers simple solutions, many of which grandparents are directly doing. It becomes an affirmation for some and a guide for other."
- Pamela Wiley, Ph.D., President, The Wiley Center for Speech and Language Development; Founder of the annual "Making a Difference in the Lives of Children" luncheon honoring grandparents raising grandchildren
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