GrandMothering: Building Strong Ties with Every Generation by Kathleen Stassen Berger explains how grandparents’ roles are encoded in their DNA. Citing substantial research over the centuries, Berger maintains that grandmothers are crucial for species survival. They help keep babies alive and allowed young mothers to bear additional children. Grandmothers protect children and families.
This book provides a 27-point road map of the important role grandmothers play in every phase of a child’s life, from infancy, to adolescence, to young adulthood.
The book covers:
- Glamma vs Grandma, what’s in a name?
- How grandmothers can be supportive to the new parents and not intrusive.
- The pitfalls of too much grandmothering which undermines the health and finances of grandmothers.
- How parents should deal with “meddling” mothers and mothers-in-law.
- The unique problems in three-generation households.
- What a grandmother can do if her grandchild expresses opinions about sex, drugs, or politics that are at odds with her own beliefs.
- How grandmothering for babies differ from grandmothering for teenagers.
- When private conversations between an adolescent and grandmother should be shared with the parents. This becomes a serious problem with such issues as depression (suicidal thoughts), anger (especially at a parent), bullying, and dating.
- How a grandmother can handle hot button issues such as language/slang, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
Author, Kathleen Stassen Berger, is a developmental psychologist, has taught psychology forty years at Bronx Community College, part of City University of New York. She is the author of the leading textbooks in human development, used by college students in all fifty states, twelve countries, and in five languages and most important a grandmother herself.
“Grandmothering starts with one moment-a birth-and never stops.”
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