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The Mindful Grandparent: The Art of Loving Our Children's Children

The Mindful Grandparent: The Art of Loving Our Children's Children

by Shirley Showalter, Marilyn McEntyre
The Mindful Grandparent: The Art of Loving Our Children's Children

The Mindful Grandparent: The Art of Loving Our Children's Children

by Shirley Showalter, Marilyn McEntyre


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Loving our children's children well is an art—one we keep learning as they grow.

Making memories and fostering relationships with our grandchildren in the midst of a fast-moving culture isn't easy, and a legacy that lasts isn't crafted overnight. So how do we as grandparents cultivate strong, meaningful relationships with the children we adore?

Start with The Mindful Grandparent. With twelve grandchildren between them, authors and educators Marilyn McEntyre and Shirley Showalter know deep in their bones that attending to the small ones in our lives has never been more important. Grandparents can help little ones learn to value relationships over things, lap time over screen time. They can help grandchildren live with intention, attentive to others, to nature, and to the diverse, beautiful, and troubled social world around them.

The Mindful Grandparent doesn't shy away from the challenging issues in contemporary grandparenting. Through inspired ideas teamed with simple practices and engaging stories, The Mindful Grandparent covers wide-ranging topics such as cultivating curiosity, giving meaningful gifts, helping children explore difficult topics, building a grandparent team, honoring adult children's boundaries, and managing technology.

Let The Mindful Grandparent be your guide and source of refuge for the sacred and sometimes bewildering work of grandparenting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506468068
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 260,318
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shirley Showalter is an award-winning educator, author, speaker, and grandmother. With a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, Showalter served as a professor and then president of Goshen College in Indiana and as a foundation executive at the Fetzer Institute in Michigan. She and her husband live in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Marilyn McEntyre is an award-winning spiritual writer, speaker, retreat leader, and professor of medical humanities and American literature. She has written and edited over twenty books and has won several teaching awards. McEntyre currently teaches in programs at New College Berkeley, Western Seminary, the Oblate School of Theology, and Westmont College in San Francisco. She lives in Carmichael, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Widening Circle

1 What to Expect when They're Expecting 9

2 Labors of Love 13

3 Your New Name 18

4 A Mother's Blessing 23

5 Welcome to the World, Baby Girl 27

6 Could You, Should You Be a Grandnanny? 31

7 Now We Are Six 37

8 Linking to a Lineage 43

9 Building a Grandparent Team 47

10 Heirloom Eggs 52

11 Fruits and Nuts and All Things Fresh 57

12 Mickey Mouse Pancakes 62

13 The Grandma They'll Never Know 67

Part II The World Around Them

14 The Gift of Play 73

15 Stuff Better Than Toys? 80

16 A King, a Prince, and a Pile of Pillows 84

17 Every Child Is an Artist 89

18 A Club in the Hand 93

19 Pleasure in Little Things 97

20 God's Fire Truck 100

21 Meetings with Trees 104

22 Every Living Thing 109

23 Lifelong Learning 114

24 Who They Are, Where They Are 118

25 What Good Grandparents Do 123

Part III Feelings

26 On Not Being Brave 127

27 Mr. Rogers's Secret 132

28 A Candle in the Darkness 137

29 Hard Times 141

30 Helping Make the World a Better Place 145

31 Talking with Grandchildren about Dying 150

Part IV Grandparenting by Hand

32 Property Rights 157

33 May I Have a Word? 161

34 Will You Be My Valentine? 166

35 Simple Gifts 171

36 Gotta Sing 176

37 Grandparent Camp 181

38 Grandparents as Teachers 186

39 Stepping In, Stepping Back 191

40 Using Technology with Grandchildren 196

41 Leisurely Learning 202

42 Helping Raise Kids Who Raise Questions 206

Part V Their Future and Ours

43 A Few Truths to Talk about in Due Time 213

44 When Illness Comes 216

45 Navigating Special Needs 220

46 Vulnerabilities 225

47 Letters for Later 229

48 Make Something They Can Use Every Day 233

49 Becoming a Good Ancestor 237

50 Looking Ahead 241

51 Our Roles in Their Bites of Passage 247

52 The World They Get 252

Acknowledgments 257

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