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For many reasons the number of grandparents raising their grandchildren has grown exponentially! This book by Andrew Adesman MD and Christine Adamec is a tremendous resource for this segment of the population. The four parts, "Ready or Not, You're Raising Your Grandchildren" "Adjusting to the New Normal" "Legal and Financial Resources" and "Healthy in Body and Mind" give expert assistance but also information regarding helpful agencies nationwide. Intersperced throught the book are actual stories of children and grandparents providing emotional comfort and practical guidance to the reader. The book while written for grandparents would benefit those persons working in schools, social welfare agencies and counseling services. I recently retired as a psychological services specialist with Los Angeles Unified Schools. Would that we could have had this book as a resource. Marianne Weil,Ph.D
This book falls into the category of superb!! It is beautifully written, easy to understand and offers very practical suggestions to problems that grandparents or parents may encounter when dealing with children. I especially enjoyed reading the summaries of individual cases that were noted in the text. The very inclusive listing of resources available coupled with the procedures for obtaining them, should make this book a desktop reference for all having to work with children and their grandparents.
This book is useful for both parents and grandparents raising children today. It provides a tremendous amount of information to help advocate for children, identify and address challenges and navigate family responsibilities. It is easy to read, provides realistic examples and can be used a a reference to zero in on specific information.
This is book is so valuable to me . It was recommended by Hazelton and I have found such comfort knowing there is a guide to grand-parenting my granddaughter. Thank goodness I have found this book as emotional support , ideas and as a reference guide .
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
This book is an excellent resource that discusses a range of scenarios that lead to the development of these unique families as well as the common emotional challenges facing the grandparents and their grandchildren. By offering practical advice to address many of the day-to-day challenges they may encounter, The Grandfamily Guidebook is an invaluable reference for any grandparent who is raising a grandchild. The book covers common parenting topics, such as sleeping, feeding and discipline, with a particular emphasis on the grandparent’s perspective. It also reviews behavioral, developmental and learning disorders and provides useful advice for working with the child’s school. A chapter on health care offers updated guidance and tips for addressing common medical and first aid issues that families may encounter. With it’s easy to read and engaging format, families will find it a welcome addition to their home libraries!
This is an excellent and comprehensive guide for grandparents finding themselves raising their grandchildren. It covers a wide range of topics that will assist in raising a child from infancy to the teen years. In addition, the impact that this life changing event takes on the grandparent(s) themselves is also addressed. It takes a frank and honest look at how a grandparent would feel finding themselves in this situation. Raising a grandchild is not without its blessings and joys along the way but it is truly life changing. The books gives hope, knowledge and a sense that one is not alone in navigating this challenging yet rewarding situation. Every grandparent raising a grandchild should have a copy of this book.