The Don't Sweat Guide for Grandparents

Overview

Being a grandparent isn't what it used to be: today's adult children and grandchildren are living more rushed, full-to-the-brim lives, and it's often difficult for grandparents to figure out how to fit into such hectic schedules. In addition, many grandparents help out with child care, and may have mixed feelings about it, or simply need some advice on today's kids.

With easy-to-implement, yet deeply impactful suggestions, this guide will enable you to have a closer and more ...

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Overview

Being a grandparent isn't what it used to be: today's adult children and grandchildren are living more rushed, full-to-the-brim lives, and it's often difficult for grandparents to figure out how to fit into such hectic schedules. In addition, many grandparents help out with child care, and may have mixed feelings about it, or simply need some advice on today's kids.

With easy-to-implement, yet deeply impactful suggestions, this guide will enable you to have a closer and more joyful relationship with that special grandchild.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402857935
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/17/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 6.51 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., was the author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. He passed away in 2006. Kristine Carlson has a gift for creating lifelong relationships and is very dedicated to her family, friendships, and personal growth. She loves riding horses, running, and solitude. Richard and Kris were married for over 21 years. She lives in Northern California.

Biography

Richard Carlson, whose Ph.D. is in psychology, is considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world. He is the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway bestseller, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff, which was named the No. 1 bestselling book in America for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing.

Dr. Carlson has become a worldwide phenomenon as well. His books appear in over 100 countries, resulting in over 40 million people worldwide reading one of the books in the Don't Sweat series. In 1997, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world and has been a popular guest on shows such as The View, Oprah, Today, and CNN.

Author biography courtesy of Hyperion Books.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern California
    1. Education:
      San Jose State University, Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Sierra University

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
1. Understand That You're a New Person 15
2. Remember That You're Their Grandparents 18
3. Get Yourself in Balance 20
4. Develop the Family "Team" 22
5. Start (and End) Each Visit with a Clean Slate 25
6. Make Peace with the Mess 27
7. Remember the Things You Weren't Allowed to Do 30
8. You Don't Always Have to Do Disney World 33
9. Remember the Three Things That Grandchildren Want and Need: Attention, Attention, and Attention 35
10. Learn the Fine Art of Saying No 37
11. Refine the Art of Saying Yes 39
12. Accept That No Two Are Alike 41
13. Every Child Is an Artist 43
14. Let Them Talk 45
15. Introduce Them to Gratitude 47
16. You're Not a Mind-Reader, So Ask Questions 49
17. Expand Your Expectations 51
18. Believe (and Make Believe) Again 53
19. Remember That It Matters Not 55
20. Watch What a Smile Can Do 57
21. Take a Nap When They Do 59
22. Watch a Sunset Together 61
23. Surprise Them with Cards or Letters, Even if They Live in the Same Town 63
24. Introduce Them to Your Friends 65
25. Don't Complain or List Your Troubles 67
26. Give Them Your "Seal of Approval" 69
27. Show--Don't Just Tell--Your Grandchildren That You Love Them 71
28. Remember What It's Like to Be Small 73
29. Teach Your Grandchildren About Someone Special Every Day 75
30. Don't Take Their Words Personally 77
31. Remember That You're Being Watched 79
32. Fire Them Up! 81
33. Tell--Don't Show--That You're Upset 83
34. Create a Bond to Span the Miles 85
35. Embrace Spontaneity 87
36. Be Open to Learning from Your Grandchildren 89
37. Brag About Them 91
38. Learn to Recognize When They're Bored 93
39. Make a Scrapbook or Journal Together 95
40. Don't Worry About What Might Happen 97
41. Remember What You Loved About Your Grandparents 99
42. Special Events Are Just That: Special 101
43. Sometimes, Pretend They're Not Related to You 103
44. Don't Always Make Them Color Inside the Lines 105
45. If You Talk, They Will Listen--but Do It at Bedtime 107
46. Share Their World 109
47. Remember That You Have Something in Common--Their Parents 111
48. Your Grandchildren Are Not Just Like Your Children 113
49. Take Care of Their Minds 116
50. Take Care of Their Bodies 118
51. Learn to Lose Your Hearing on Occasion 120
52. Turn the TV Off 122
53. The Answer to "Why?" Is Not "Because" 124
54. Get to Know Your Neighbor's Kids 126
55. Explain Yourself--Often 128
56. Create a Passion for Giving 130
57. Take a Walk 132
58. Play to Your Grandchildren's Strengths and Accept Their Weaknesses 134
59. Put Away Your Watch 136
60. Be Aware of Your Mood Hints 138
61. Embrace the "Full Catastrophe" 141
62. Remember That Tears Aren't Always Bad 143
63. Learn to Screen the "I Want's" 146
64. Learn to "Chill Out" 149
65. Take Care of Their Spirits 151
66. Cultivate Understanding--Yours and Theirs 153
67. Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say 155
68. Teach Them to Truly Care About Others 157
69. Pass Along Your Values by Example 159
70. Teach Them About Tradition 161
71. Spend Time Alone with Your Grandchildren 163
72. Practice Participating by Watching 165
73. Learn to Be Open-Minded in a Changing World 167
74. Work to Narrow the Generation Gap 169
75. Set the Boundaries in Your Home (but Be Flexible, Too) 171
76. Be a Mentor to Your Grandchildren 173
77. Appreciate the Whole Family 175
78. Age Is an Attitude 177
79. Love the Little Things--There Are So Many 179
80. When the Going Gets Tough, Remember That Love Is the Glue 181
81. Speak Up When It Becomes Too Much 183
82. Let Your Grandchildren Help You 185
83. Remember That All Grandchildren Are Created Equal 187
84. Agree to Agree (or Disagree) About Discipline and Other Matters 189
85. Express Your Feelings 191
86. Give Them Space--Near You and Away from You 193
87. Be a Storyteller 195
88. Value Your Own Wisdom 197
89. Realize Your Significance and Take Your Role Seriously 199
90. Take Care of Yourself 201
91. Make Music Together 203
92. Be a Cheerleader 205
93. Ask for Your Grandchildren's Opinions 207
94. Roll with the Punches 209
95. Expect to Make Mistakes 211
96. Listen to Your Children and Respect Their Rights 213
97. Ground Your Teenage Grandchildren 215
98. Remember What You Learned from Being a Parent 218
99. "Forgive and Forget" Is More Important Than Ever 220
100. Remember That They Will Always Remember You 222
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