GrandLoving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren

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Whether you're a new or experienced grandparent-try Grandloving's:

Hundreds of fun, low-cost activities for babies to teens

Grandparenting advice from 350 families worldwide

Do-together and long-distance projects

Heartfelt ideas for ...

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Whether you're a new or experienced grandparent-try Grandloving's:

Hundreds of fun, low-cost activities for babies to teens

Grandparenting advice from 350 families worldwide

Do-together and long-distance projects

Heartfelt ideas for holidays, visits, family traditions

Hints for using technology to connect

Helpful resources, and wonderful books to share

Quick Tips for busy grands

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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

“A peppy, upbeat, easy-to-read sourcebook for making memories with your grandchildren.”  —Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., author, The Grandparent Solution and The Grandparent Guide

“A grandparent classic—a well-rounded, practical, and complete resource!”  —Suzy Martyn, author, Enjoy the Ride: Tools, Tips, and Inspiration for the Most Common Parenting Challenges

“With humor, wisdom, and been-there experience, Grandloving covers everything from what to do for an expectant mom to how to connect with a grandteen.”  —Gun Denhart, co-founder, Hanna Andersson Clothing Company

"The ultimate guide for grandparents who want to bond with their grandchildren and keep them entertained, but aren't exactly sure how."  —Barbara Graham, author, Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being A Grandmother.

"Grandloving will provide countless creative ideas and activities to build a loving, fulfilling relationship with your grandchildren. I highly recommend it!"  —Cheri Fuller, author, Connect With Your Grandkids

"The book is packed with do-able, inexpensive and clever grandparenting ideas. The new "Quick Tips" at the end of the chapters are great for busy Grands, and the helpful resources make this book a 'must-have' for grandparents everywhere!"  —Janet Teitsort, author, Long Distance Grandma

"Grandloving provides a dollop of sage advice mixed with hundreds of practical recipes for fostering communication across the generations. This book should sit on your shelf next to your cookbooks. It will help you nurture your progeny."  —Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, author, Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967534978
  • Publisher: Heartstrings Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 271,346
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Johnson is the founder of Gramma's Graphics, Inc. and the online resource, has served as a judge for the Mom’s 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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword vii

Special Delivery: A New Grandloving! ix

Introduction xi

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again xii

How to Use This Book 1

1 Nine Months and Counting 5

2 Hello, Baby! 19

3 Love Across the Miles 37

4 With Open Arms: When Grandchildren Visit 61

5 Pack to Play: Enjoying Grandchildren at Their Home 109

6 Heartfelt Holidays and Family Traditions 147

7 More Mailbox Treasures 189

8 Looking Ahead: Tweens, Teens, and Beyond 233

9 A Click Away: Keeping Close with Technology 245

10 Caring for Your Grandchild 259

11 Helpful Resources for Grandparents 271

12 Favorite Books to Cherish and Share 285

Notes 299

Index 300

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    A Relationship Blessing

    A treasure of a book, "Grandloving" provides creative ideas that can be used as they are or enhanced by adapting them to the particular temperament of a child. The real fun comes when it helps you discover new facets of a child's temperament and gives you the opportunity to creatively explore the strengths of the child. The suggestions for connecting at a distance were particularly of interest to us since our grandchildren are located 1200 miles away. The illustrations are great; instructions are easily understood; and the warmth with which it is written displays hearts of love that inspire you to develop your relationships with children, whether they are your own grandchildren or the neighbor's kids. Not only will we use this book for our grandchildren and friends' children, we will recommend it to our clients in parenting seminars and coaching. Thanks for a great tool, ladies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

    Fantastic resource

    Keeping in touch and being a part of your loved ones' lives is a big challenge in today's busy world - whether you live in the same town or live far away. Grandloving contains great ideas for making the most of the precious time you do have to spend with your grandkids. It includes reminders of how to play simple childhood games you hadn't thought about in years - as well as instructions on how to play some of those games long distance. It also has great ideas for fun things to tuck into your suitcase on your next visit. Grandloving is full of simple and inexpensive ideas that can help you create memories that will last a lifetime. What a wonderful resource this book is for any grandparent! And what a super gift for a friend who has become a grandparent for the first time.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    Never at a loss again!

    I am so impressed by this book. Grandloving is just what this Gigi needed. I have six grandchildren and five live out of state. I am always struggling with how to keep involved with them, but I don't want to only be known for the gift packages I send. Chapter 3 "Love Across the Miles" was written specifically for me! I have so many new ideas to stay involved with my grands.

    My 6th grandchild arrived a few short weeks ago lives within my own neighborhood. Guess what?!? Grandloving has a chapter for this situation too! Nine Months and Counting was great as was Hello Baby. The authors have provided unique ways for me to be involve throughout my daughter's pregnancy and in the weeks following her birth. Because we are now keeping this little one in our home for extended periods, the chapter Caring for Your Grandchild is very handy.

    No matter your situation, this book has something for you. Every grandparent should own it. There are hundreds of low-cost activities to do with your grandchildren. The book also includes tips from other grandparents which have been very well received by this grandmother. In fact, I am anxious to send a couple of my own to the authors for the next edition.

    Each chapter concludes with a list of quick tips. As a super busy woman, I found this a delightful addition. I found myself jumping to the tips, finding something interesting on the list, then flipping back to read all about it.

    This book would be a terrific gift for Grandparent's Day (coming up 9/12/10). It will be the best $18.95 (on sale now for $13.64 online) gift ever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2010

    An absolute treasure of a book!

    This book is a treasure for grandparents, whether they live in the same household, across town or across country from their precious grandchildren! I love the way each chapter begins with perspectives and advice focused on enhancing and growing positive relationships with all concerned. The combination of suggestions and advice, quick tips and activities, as well as wonderful suggestions for staying in touch if you are geographically separate, is so helpful. I'm glad that the nuances and complexities of situations are addressed in such a positive, nurturing way. This book can be a handbook for grandparent, parent and child relationships in many ways. The extensive resource list in the back is excellent as well. I love this book and will use it from the current toddler stage of my grandchildren well into their teens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

    A Treasure Trove

    Much, much more than a collection of activities to do with children, Grandloving is a virtual encyclopedia of ways to connect with your grandchildren (and nieces and nephews, or any other child in your life) on visits but also across the miles.

    A treasure trove, not just on specific ideas for fun activities to do with children, but also of the philosophy that a close bond between children and grandparents is a vital, enriching experience for both the young and the older generations.

    I feel fortunate and privileged that I grew up only a mile from my grandparents. My grandfatheer was my most favorite person in the whole world. He was kind, helpful, nonjudgmental, and always listened to our joys and concerns; and frequently organized fun activities such as hayrides, bonfires and wienie roasts for all the children in the area. He was loved by all the children in the neighborhood--they all called him Granddad.

    Grandloving has many creative suggestions for connecting with your grandchildren even if you live apart.

    A grown up grandchild who lives on the other side of the continent frequently remarks on the things she remembers from her childhood visits with me: The stool with a seat that turned around (an old piano stool), finding neat things in the tidepools at the ocean beach, reading with Grandma, learning to make banana smoothies (she still makes them!), etc.

    I heartily recomment Grandloving for any person who wants to be better connected with a child.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

    A must read for engaged grandparents

    This new edition of "Grandloving" is filled with sound advice, terrific activities that any grandparent can do with children of all ages, and many helpful resources including web-sites, associations, and books. It is well organized and fun to read. I have two sets of grandchildren living outside the country and the suggestions for ensuring we stay connected are invaluable. Highly recommended!
    Mary Jane Sterne, Co-author with Peggy Edwards of "Intentional Grandparenting: A Contemporary Guide".

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    "Grandloving" is a well written, organized, and user friendly guide for grandparents.

    As a grandmother of a four year old, I have declared "Grandloving" a great discovery. I only wish I had found it prior to my granddaughter's birth. The book gives tips for grandloving your grandchildren from babies to teens. In addition to tips, "Grandloving" is chock-full of ideas for art projects, crafts, child friendly recipes, and easy, fun activities. The fifth edition offers a new chapter on using technology to bond with your grandchildren. It also has an all-new resources chapter, many new book recommendations, and much more.

    As a long-distance Grandma, I particularly enjoyed chapters three through five. They teach readers how to connect with the heart and mind of their long-distance grandchildren. These chapters offer a variety of creative and beautiful ideas for staying in touch and grandloving over the miles. Chapter 4 gives tips regarding what you will need in your home for various age groups and how to make the visit fun and relaxed. It offers over 50 activities that you and your grandchild can do together. Chapter 5 gives tips on how to be a 'low maintenance' guest; how to have a warm, loving visit; and how to play with your grandchild on her level. There are over 30 activities for you and your grandchild to do together during your visit. The activities listed in chapters four and five are not specific to long-distance grandparents and grandchildren. They are perfect for any child and adult to do together. Finally, the over 200 fun and easy activities throughout the book have the potential to inspire additional ideas.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    A wonderful resource for families

    Are you a grandparent? Are your parents grandparents? Do you know someone who is a grandparent? If so, you must continue reading this review, and after you are done, you must go get this book!

    The subtitle for Grandloving is "Making memories with your grandchildren, babies to teens, near or far." The book really does cover all of those categories. It starts with the beginning- pregnancy! It's full of great ideas for how grandparents-to-be can stay involved without being bothersome and ways to help the prospective parents out. Next the book moves on to welcoming the baby. I think this is a particularly important chapter for grandparents to read- I was lucky to have parents that arrived ready to help and knew when to give us space to figure things out, but I've heard many horror stories from others about "bad" new grandparents!

    After helping grandparents welcome a new grandchild, the book has great chapters on being a long-distance grandparent, preparing for grandchild visits (whether these are frequent or infrequent), traveling to visit your grandchild, family holidays and traditions, how to deal with older grandchildren, using technology to stay in touch, and helpful resources.

    Every chapter of the book is full of great craft and project ideas for grandparents and grandchildren to do- complete with an age-range, a list of what exactly is needed and step-by-step instructions. Even though these are supposed to be for grandparents and grandchildren to do together, I marked a ton of them to do with my kids myself! Each chapter also has a quick tips list which summarizes the main points of the chapter- a handy reference for quick refreshing of what you need to know! I also especially liked the resources section at the end of the book with hints on good books, websites, catalogs, and travel.

    You would think that a book with this much information would get overwhelming, but it's organized so well that it really doesn't. The chapters are clearly laid out, so you can read the chapter that fits your current grandparenting issue or time in life without having to spend time on things that don't apply right now. If you're getting ready for a visit- read that chapter. Christmas just around the corner, then flip to the holiday chapter! There's also an index in the back for quick references.

    I think this book is just a wonderful resource for every grandparent to have. It's honest about the joys and challenges of grandparenthood while also dealing with less-commonly discussed topics like the relationship between grandparents and the new parents or how to share your grandchild with his/her other set of grandparents in a way that's good for everyone involved! And so much more.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the authors to review for myself, but was not compensated in any other way for this post and I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Great tips for grandparents

    If Sue Johnson is in the market for a new grandchild, sign me up! If she has done only half of her book's activities with her grandchildren, she would be a terrific grandma!!

    This book is brimming with sage advice and a plethora of activities that you can do with your grandchildren to strengthen your relationship. And, developing a strong relationship with grandchildren is the best thing that a grandparent can do. These activities will be a breeze to do because they are not expensive nor do they require much effort to prepare.

    From ideas like keeping a journal about your grandchild to making hand tracings to playing chase-less catch, you'll find idea after fabulous idea for fun. Check out the questions on the stairs activity, springtime nested treats, hug tag, flashlight faces, and making a straw symphony.

    There is a chapter about connecting with grandchildren through the mailbox when grandchildren live far away, a chapter about connecting with tweens and teens, and a chapter on using technology to stay in touch.

    This book is a great resource for grandparents to keep handy on their bookshelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    Grandloving is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award

    Grandloving is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    Loving Your Grandchildren

    "Grandloving" is a well-written resource book, which inspires grandparents to want to try creative ways to connect with their grandchildren. I will be a grandma for the first time next month and I am thrilled to be getting all these great ideas of things to do with her at various ages. I especially like the "Follow Me" Footsteps and the "Cardboard Box Creations." These activities are wonderful ways to interact with the grandchild and to show that you love them. This is a book I will have handy at all times when I am anticipating a visit from my grandchild.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Great Gift for Grandparents, New or Old!

    Grandloving is filled with great ideas to help grandparents and grandchildren connect over short or long distances.

    -Ruth Nemzoff, Author of "Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children" (Palgrave/Macmillan 2008).

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