The Grandma Force: How Grandmothers are Changing Grandchildren, Families, and Themselves

The Grandma Force: How Grandmothers are Changing Grandchildren, Families, and Themselves

by Harriet Hodgson


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Becoming the grandmother of twins changed Harriet Hodgson and altered her life course. According to Hodgson, we live in a fast-paced, complex time, a time when too many grandchildren are victims of bullying, internet scams, and sexual abuse. Hodgson believes that grandmothers are needed today more than any other time in history. "Grandmas can't be passive," she declares. "Every grandma has the power to protect and guide her grandchildren and needs to tap this power." This narrative weaves Hodgson's personal story with research findings and is packed with ideas for helping grandchildren. "The Grandma Force is about the power of love and the power of one," Hodgson says. "One-by-one, grandmas are standing up for grandchildren and creating a hopeful future for them." 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608082186
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 911,007
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA has been a freelance writer for thirty-eight years. She is the author of thousands of articles and thirty-six books. She has appeared on more than 185 radio talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. She has also been a guest on many BlogTalkRadio programs. A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer's, bereavement, and caregiving conferences.

Table of Contents

About This Book xi

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 The Contemporary Grandma 1

Grandma at a Crossroads 2

Mothers in the 1940s 3

Life During World War II 7

Then and Now 10

Caring for the Next Generation 12

Sharing Generational Skills 14

Chapter 2 New Grandma, a Life-Changing Role 17

Writing a Mission Statement 17

What Are You Called? 20

Some Life Changes 21

Wishes for Your Grandchild 23

Grandma Can Say No 25

Helping with Education 26

Joining a Support Group 28

Online Support 30

Chapter 3 Writing Your Grandma Script 35

Script Components 36

Personal Goals 37

Avoiding the Perfectionist Trap 39

I'm a Role Model! 41

Ditching Grandma Guilt 44

Chapter 4 Types of Grandmas 49

Formal Grandma 50

Fun-Seeking Grandma 51

Grandmas Raising Grandkids (GRG) 52

Wise Grandma 53

Long-Distance Grandma 54

Working Grandma 57

The Nanny Granny 59

Other Types of Grandmas 61

Chapter 5 Part of the Family 65

Learning to be a Grandma 66

Family Identity and Values 67

Their Rules and Yours 69

Cell Phone Rules 74

Sharing Chores 76

Who's in Charge? 77

Keeper of Stories and History 79

Chapter 6 Building a Loving Relationship 83

Attachment Bonding 83

Qualities of a Good Grandma 85

Your Personality 86

A Loving Relationship 88

Gifts Greater Than Money 90

Special Needs Grandchild 91

Belongingness 94

Chapter 7 Communication, Your Best Tool 97

Body Language Basics 98

Voice Quality Pitch, and Tone 100

Fostering Communication 102

Updating Communication 105

Internet Safety 106

Email from Grandma 110

Humor as Communication 111

Chapter 8 At-Home Activities for Grandkids 113

Reading Aloud, Your First Choice 114

Successful Sleepovers 117

Cooking Together 119

Grandchild's Interests 121

Art as Personal Expression 123

Cursive Writing Practice 127

Chapter 9 Out-and-About Activities for Grandkids 129

Walking and Fitness 129

Going to a Park or Health Club 131

Magical Museums 133

Day Trips and Longer Trips 134

Grandkid's Camp 136

National Grandparents Day 137

Chapter 10 Relationships Change with Time 141

Physical Growth 142

Emotional Growth 142

Service Learning 147

Supporting a Grandchild's Dreams 150

Adult-to-Adult Relationship 151

Chapter 11 Becoming an Activist and Advocate 155

Taking the Proactive Route 155

Examples of Activism 157

Working with Organizations 160

Advocacy 163

Let's Be Civil 166

The Grandmother Project 168

Persistence and Professionalism Count 171

Chapter 12 Taking Care of Me 175

Essential Medical Tests 176

Hearing Loss 179

Enough Sleep 180

Healthy Eating and Food Preparation 183

Physical Activity 186

The Power of Quiet 188

The Art of Self-Kindness 190

Religion and Spirituality 191

Self-Care List 193

Chapter 13 Holding on and Letting Go 195

Time of Gracious Harvesting 196

I'm Holding On To… 197

I'm Letting Go Of… 199

The Right Timing 201

Acceptance Is Soul Work 202

Grandmas Are Wisdomkeepers 204

Chapter 14 Conclusion 207

Bibliography 215

About the Author 231

Other Grandparenting Books by Harriet Hodgson 233

Index 235

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