The Modern Grandparent's Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to the New Rules of Grandparenting

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Grandparents today are healthier, more active, and more youthful and young at heart than their predecessors. Dr. Georgia Witkin, senior editor of Grandparents.com, draws on her experience as a psychiatry professor, therapist, and grandparent to help readers be the best grandparent they can be.

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  • How to connect with their ...
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Overview

Grandparents today are healthier, more active, and more youthful and young at heart than their predecessors. Dr. Georgia Witkin, senior editor of Grandparents.com, draws on her experience as a psychiatry professor, therapist, and grandparent to help readers be the best grandparent they can be.

They'll learn:

  • How to connect with their grandchild-online and off
  • How to contribute to their grandchild's emotional development and boost their IQ
  • The secret hidden stresses of being a grandparent- and how to deal with them
  • The three things they should never say to their son- or daughter-in-laws
  • And more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235602
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 538,148
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Georgia Witkin, Ph.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Stress Program at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Her articles have appeared in Parade, Reader's Digest, Time, Family Circle, and many other magazines. She maintains a private therapy practice in New York City, where she lives.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

chapter 1 What's in a Name? 9

"Granny" Is an Apple. Call Me "GG." 11

Have You Heard This One ... ? 16

chapter 2 The Truth About...Grandchildren 19

Baby Talk 21

Boosting Your Grandchild's IQ 24

Only-child Grandchildren 26

Grandtwins! 28

Birth Order Differences 32

Nature Versus Nurture 34

Sibling Rivalry 34

chapter 3 The Truth About...the Parents 39

What Generation Gap? 41

Riding to the Rescue ... or Not! 45

Finessing Feedback 47

Our Kids' Parenting Styles 49

chapter 4 Grandparent Rivalry- and How to Win (Secretly) 59

The Art of Spoiling 53

The Secrets of Favorite Grandparents 65

Successful Sleepovers 66

Perfect Presents 72

A Reminder... 78

chapter 5 Grandmothers-in-law...and the Three Things They Should Never Say 79

Mother-in-law's Guide to Getting Along with Your DIL 83

Is There Anything We Should Say? 86

The Real State of the Union-How We Feel About DILs! 87

Improving Your MIL-DIL Relationship 90

Should Mothers-in-law Be in the Delivery Room? 93

Your Daughter-in-law's Mother 95

You and Your Son-in-law (SIL) 98

chapter 6 Having Favorites-and Other Guilt Trips 101

Guilty: You Play Favorites 104

Guilty: You Get Bored 106

Guilty: You Love Them Too Much 107

Guilty: You Don't Think You Live Close Enough 109

Guilty: You're Not Perfect 112

10 Secrets to Guiltless Grandparenting 113

Grandpa's Second Chance 116

chapter 7 Grandmoney 119

Teach Your Grandchildren to Save 122

Teach Your Grandchildren "It's Better to Give Than to Receive." 125

Grandparents' Money Mistakes 127

Basic Money Tips 136

chapter 8 Home Alone ... with the Grandkids 139

House Rules 143

Eating ... or How Long Can My Grandchildren Exist on Just Pizza? 144

Playing Outside ... or Is It Time to Go Inside Yet? 146

Scary Movies ... or Tell Me When It's Over! 148

Responding to Rudeness ... or He Said What? 150

Disappointing Gifts ... or Say Thank You! 151

White Lies ... or You Didn't Tell the Truth, Grandpa! 152

Manners Matter ... or Who Do Those Children Belong To? 153

Gaming ... or Just One More Level, Pleeeaaase! 155

The Santa Controversy ... or Did I See You in the Living Room Last Night, Grandpa? 156

Bottom Line on Babysitting 160

chapter 9 After the Divorce (Not Just Yours) 163

The "Ex" 169

D-I-V-O-R-C-E 170

After the Divorce: Blending 174

After the Divorce: Mending 178

Your Own Divorce 181

Your New Relationship 184

chapter 10 Hidden Grandparenting Stresses 187

Hidden Grandparenting Stress #1: Changes in Routine 190

Hidden Grandparenting Stress #2: Fear of Failure 193

Hidden Grandparenting Stress #3: Loss of Control 196

Grandparent Overload 197

Special Grandparenting Stresses 202

They're Baaa-a-ack: Multigenerational Living 207

The Sandwich Generation 209

Grandmother Versus Grandfather Stress 210

Stress Relievers 213

chapter 11 Your Way 217

Finding Your Way 220

Which Type Are You? 221

Happiness Training 225

10 Ways Grandparents Get Better Every Year! 231

Making "Our Way" a Better Way 234

appendix A Famous Grandparents 237

appendix B Grandparent Quote Quiz 245

appendix C A New Mother-in-law's Toast 249

acknowledgments 251

index 253

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