Grandloving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren
5th edition by Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson and Elizabeth Bower
5th edition of Grandloving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren Just Released! ISBN 978-0-9675349-7-8 by Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson and Elizabeth Bower. Expanded to 320 pages it offers two new chapters, wonderful ideas for using the social media and latest technology to keep families connected, and a whole chapter of new books reviewed and recommended. Added to this edition are Quick Tips summaries at the end of the chapters to help busy grands find fast answers.
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About the Authors
Sue is a 1961 honors graduate of Wheaton College. With Julie, she has co-authored many pieces for grandparent publications, and independently Sue has authored numerous articles for quilting and craft magazines in the United States and Canada, including Quilt World, Threads, Crafts, The Fiberworks Sourcebook and The Crazy Quilt Handbook. In 1980, Sue founded Gramma's Graphics, Inc., a mail-order business providing blueprint kits for sun printing photos on fabric. Her kits are marketed worldwide and have been wholesaled to Better Homes and Gardens and Book-of-the- Month Craft Clubs for over 20 years. A devoted mother of three and a long-distance grandmother, Sue uses ideas from her years as a kindergarten and preschool teacher to enliven communication with her grandchildren. Sue and her husband, Rick, have hosted eight foreign exchange students over the years-experiences that give them an unusually broad perspective and wonderfully diverse network of grandparent friends. When Sue's initial Grandloving query to 150 of their friends snowballed into 350 enthusiastic responses, she knew she'd struck a chord with passionate grandparents.
Julie, Sue's daughter-in-law, is a happily married mother of three young boys, working from her home in Philadelphia to stay close to Nick 13, Charlie 9, and Will 3 years. She is an honors graduate of Yale (1988) and an alumna of the Radcliffe Publishing Course (1988). An editor since 1989, Julie currently freelances for the university presses at Harvard and Yale. Julie's writing for Yale has shaped many high-profile manuscripts, all of which have garnered praise from the New York Times and other review media. Among other projects, she rewrote from 900 pages of notes Battleground Berlin, the first-ever collaboration between CIA and KGB authors (Yale 1997, Book-of-the-Month Club). She ghostwrote The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn (Yale 1998), which is in its fourth printing. She developed from the initial writing stage Piano Roles (Yale 1999), which was the cornerstone of a Smithsonian exhibit in the year 2000, and A Nation Under Our Feet (Harvard 2005), which won a Pulitzer Prize for History
Elizabeth Bower, (Beth), Sue's daughter, lives with her husband and two year old son in Nashville, Tennessee. She taught elementary grades for eleven years and progressed to mentoring student teachers at Northwestern University and teaching prospective teachers at Loyola University Chicago.
Passionate about teaching, Bower began her studies in education at Connecticut College. She spent a year at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and graduated with a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Elizabeth is experiencing long distance Grandloving first hand as their son has grandparents in Singapore and England. As the newest member of the team, she brings fresh insights to the group. Elizabeth too serves as a distinguished judge for the Mom's Choice Award.
1. Stay grandchild oriented - save the adult talk with their parents for evenings when the little ones are in bed.
2. Don't expect immediate hugs and kisses from a toddler you haven't seen in awhile. Give them time to warm up to you.
3. Get down on your grandchild's level - literally and figuratively! You'll establish a genuine connection while discovering a whole new world you may have forgotten about.
4. Ask your grandchildren to tell you about their routines and where things are in their house. It will help build rapport, and it makes the little ones feel important.
5. Use this valuable time to learn all you can about your grandchild's world - visit the park together and get to know their playmates, talk with the babysitter, and listen well to what they tell you. If you immerse yourself in their world it will help you keep the connection close with more meaningful notes and calls when you are apart.
6. Go to bed early. Not only will you be more rested and able to keep up with the youngest set, but you'll also leave the parents some precious time alone.
7. Take a book, so you don't rely on the busy parents for entertainment during naptime or quiet evenings.
8. Take the grandchildren out for a walk, ice cream, or a trip to the zoo. All three generations will appreciate the change of pace.
9. Take lots of photos. Grandparents and pictures go together like peanut butter and jelly. Document the visit in a scrapbook, and it'll become a treasured heirloom.
10. Establish some traditions. At the end of your visit leave a warm and thoughtful thank you note in the capable hands of a favorite teddy. Let them know that the toothless smile from baby Randy, the exuberant hug from your feisty little Linda; and the amazing city you made from blocks with growing David are memories that touched your heart.
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Grandparents as Parents
Grandparent Buying Power