Grandparents Raising Kids

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In 2005, 6 million children were being raised by their grandparents. Sometimes, their grandchildren's parents had died, sometimes they were in prison, and sometimes they just couldn't cope with raising children. When grandparents take in their grandchildren to raise, they have some difficulties most families don't have. They're older, for one thing, and they also have to deal with their own children and that relationship. But they have the wisdom and experience they've gained from raising one set of children ...

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Overview

In 2005, 6 million children were being raised by their grandparents. Sometimes, their grandchildren's parents had died, sometimes they were in prison, and sometimes they just couldn't cope with raising children. When grandparents take in their grandchildren to raise, they have some difficulties most families don't have. They're older, for one thing, and they also have to deal with their own children and that relationship. But they have the wisdom and experience they've gained from raising one set of children already, and this can help. The families in this book have had both good and bad experiences, but they have learned a great deal through them.

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Simons describes the difficulties that are involved between children and the grandparents who are raising them. Each of the five chapters honestly describes actual situations where youngsters are residing with grandparents. The reasons for such living arrangements are varied and include parents who are in prison, those who have died, or those who cannot cope with the task of bringing up children. Sidebars define terms used in the text. At the end of each chapter are discussion questions relating to the material covered in the preceding pages. The book also contains colored drawings, photos, and reproductions of paintings that help explain the points made by the author, all of which greatly add to the book's attractiveness. Readers and adults wanting further information can use the Internet sources, the bibliography of magazine articles, or the other books listed in the final section that is titled "Find Out More." Guidance counselors and children who are living with grandparents are certain to find this book useful. This title is part of the "The Changing Face of Modern Families" series. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
The fourteen volumes in this new series cover many different variations on the makeup of families today. Among today's fastest growing demographics are multiracial families and those families in which grandparents are raising children. The two books reviewed here take a closer look at these two variations. Each series book explores what makes up a particular type of family, and examines the challenges and strengths that different family compositions present. Other books delve into foster families, teen parents, blended families, single parents, adoptive families, and several other family types. There are certain features that remain consistent across the series. Terms to understand are defined in a sidebar along the first few pages of each chapter, and then the terms are highlighted in colored font as they occur within the text. The "headlines" feature in each book uses recent newspaper and magazine articles to offer the reader a chance to reflect on real life experiences related to each topic. Throughout each book, there are questions directed at the reader to encourage deeper consideration of their opinions and synthesis of the knowledge they have gained from the book. These slim volumes offer an adequate explanation and discussion in a visually pleasing format. This series would be very helpful for students writing reports or simply seeking information on the many definitions of the family unit that one encounters in today's society. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422214961
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Changing Face of Modern Families Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Going to Grandma's House 8

2 Growing Up with Two Mothers 15

3 Growing Up with Grandpa 25

4 Raising Grandchildren 34

5 Abuelita 49

Find Out More 59

Bibliography 61

Index 63

About the Author and the Consultant 64

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