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Anyone who thinks mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law cannot work together has not read Grandloving. Sue Johnson and her daughter-in-law Julie Carlson, both early childhood educators, have written an extremely helpful book for enriching relationships between children and their grandparents. You will want to keep this book handy for quick reference when your "grands" visit you or when you visit them. -- Mature Living, Mary Paschall Darby, February 1999

Editor's Note: Boy, grandparents everywhere will have a ball with Grandloving! Only 10 pages into the book and I was "hooked." This is a fun, down-to-earth collection of easy, inexpensive ways to show your grandchildren how much you love them. There are lots of "thoughts" specific to a grandparent. This would make a great gift for grandparents - or buy one for yourself, Grandma! -- Farm and Dairy, Marcy Todd, October 28, 1999

Grandloving is a thoughtful treasure to give to new grandparents or even to those who have years of grandparenting under their belts. If you are already a grandparent, or are a grandparent-to-be, don't wait for someone to buy it for you; the book will be both a wonderful treat and useful guidebook for yourself and your grandchildren. -- Parentpages, Donna Bell, September 1999

Grandloving offers more than 200 innovative and inexpensive activities for grandparents and their grandchildren that will foster and enhance a close familial bond between the generations. By using these ideas and suggestions grandfathers and grandmothers (and uncles and aunts) can literally make life-long memories that will be cherished. Indeed, will inspire the children when they eventually mature into being grandparents themselves one day. -- The Midwest Book Review, James A. Cox, March 1999

Johnson and Carlson have written a peppy, upbeat blueprint to building a good grandparent-parent-grandchild relationship from both near and far. -- Central California Parent, Wendy Taylor Carroll, September 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Welcome to grandparenting where the boundless enthusiasm of grandchildren and the timeless love of grandparents meet. Today’s grandparents are eager to grow closer to their grandchildren, no matter how distant their homes.

With its lighthearted narrative and no-fail projects "Grandloving" helps grandparents and grandchildren make heartfelt memories. It’s the only grandparenting book co-authored by a two generational mother-in-law/daughter-in-law team and that also offers such broad input from so many families from all over the world. If you choose do or mail one activity a week, you’ll find enough ideas in "Grandloving" to last you more than four years! This is one guidebook you'll really use!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Heartstrings Pr; Third edition (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967534992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967534992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Meet this unique mother / daughter-in-law / daughter team
Authors of Grandloving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren, 5th edition

Sue Johnson
Sue Johnson, an honors graduate of Wheaton College, is the founder of Gramma's Graphics, Inc., Heartstrings Press, and the online resource www.grandloving.com. A mother of three, grandmother of seven, and an honorary mother of eight exchange students, Sue is passionate about family. When her initial Grandloving query to 150 of their friends snowballed into 350 responses, Sue knew she'd struck a chord with enthusiastic grandparents. As a long-distance grandmother, she uses ideas from her years as a teacher to enliven communications with her grandchildren.
Known as a contemporary grandparenting expert, Sue serves as a judge for the Mom's Choice Award. She, with her husband of 52 years, lives on the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Julie Carlson
Julie Carlson, Sue's daughter-in-law, is a happily married mother of three sons (ages nineteen, fifteen, and nine) who lives and works near Philadelphia. She is an honors graduate of Yale (1988) and an alumna of the Radcliffe Publishing Course (1988).
An editor since 1989, Julie freelances for the university presses at Harvard and Yale. Julie's developmental editing and writing have shaped many high-profile nonfiction manuscripts, many of which have garnered praise from major review media such as the New York Times and Washington Post. Julie has returned to teaching and now teaches preschool.

Elizabeth Bower
Elizabeth Bower, Sue's daughter, lives with her husband and two sons in Virginia. She taught elementary grades for eleven years and progressed to mentoring student teachers at Northwestern and teaching at Loyola University. Passionate about teaching, Bower began her studies in education at Connecticut College. She spent a year at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and graduated with a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Elizabeth is experiencing long distance Grandloving first hand, as their sons have grandparents in Singapore and England. As the newest member of the co-author team, she brings fresh insights to the group. Elizabeth too serves as a distinguished judge for the Mom's Choice Award.

Committed to uniting the generations, Sue, Julie, and Elizabeth have authored many articles and features for grandparenting and parenting publications and websites. They are available for interviews, articles, and presentations.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Carol on November 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book covers the gamut when it comes to finding fun things to do with children. Because my new grandson is 800 miles away, I especially liked all of the long-distance grandparenting ideas. I would recommend it to anyone, mothers and fathers as well as grandparents.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Molly Hunter Giles on October 20, 1999
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I found GRANDLOVING a treasury of tips and suggestions, and not only for grandparents! Aunts, uncles, friends, teachers, childless former college roommates -- all of us who want to connect with kids and bridge the generations -- need its help! The authors are gentle, humorous instructors who show us how to slow down and focus on details for "toddler talk"... why a megaforce Hello Hug may bring tears instead of kisses... why to wear slouchy sweats and "get down" where kids really live and play -- on the rug. With this book's advice and its easy-to-engineer activities, crafts and gifts, we are truly ready for "Funlove" between grown-ups and children.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 22, 2001
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Now in a revised and expanded second edition, Grandloving: Making Memories With Your Grandchildren is more effective than ever as a compendium of tips, ideas and suggestions for grandparents to bond with their grandchildren. More than two hundred fun and easy activities drawn from 350 families are presented along with sound advice, helpful suggestions, and inexpensive do-together projects. Whether it something special for family holidays and celebrations, or just a rainy-day or weekend visit pastime, Grandloving will have everything you need to plan and implement a truly memory making event. Enthusiastically recommended for grandparents of any age or circumstance, Grandloving's engaging, "reader friendly" text is enhanced with reminders about child development, an extensive list of resources, helpful logos, and an easy-to-use index.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
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If there is a better feeling in the world than "warm and fuzzy," I don't know what that is, and that's precisely the feeling I received reading Grandloving. Sue and Julie capture perfectly that special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren in a delightfully refreshing book that is a "must read" for every grandparent and grandparent-to-be. Some of the low-cost to no-cost activities they share brought back a flood of memories to a simpler time, a time of innocence that I enjoyed with my own grandparents. This book offers a gentle, guiding hand for grandparents and grandchildren alike to create their own very special, magical moments together that will be treasured for a lifetime.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Burke, RN on September 27, 2006
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What a wonderful resource for grandparents! The wealth and wide variety of information included in this comprehensive book is amazing, and so very helpful to grandparents-to-be--whether they`re "experienced" grandparents, or about-to-be for the first time. "Grand Loving" begins with pregnancy, offering the reader ways to make memories for parents-to-be. Some of these suggestions involve remembering when the kids (soon-to-be-parents) were on the way. These are things that will provide priceless memories for the parents-to-be and the new grandchild.

The authors offer wise words on a very wide variety of situations and circumstances, including dealing with miscarriage, helping older siblings of the new baby adjust, avoiding conflict and letting the new parents parent without interfering, but offering support.

Speaking from the "other" side (I'm "just" the parent now, so the grandparents are my parents and in-laws), I found myself smiling and saying "yes!" as I read the advice to grandparents about not giving too much advice, offering support to the new parents, being prepared to entertain yourself when visiting the family with the new baby, making memories, and even getting along with other grandparents.

The "project" sections of the book give clear instructions for a wide variety of things to do with the grandkids. Don't worry if you are not "crafty," or don't enjoy the outdoors; the authors have given projects in nine different categories, including art, construction, cooking, games, and music. The projects use inexpensive, readily available supplies, and every grandparent is sure to find many activities he or she will enjoy with grandchildren of any age, with any interest.

This book is a "must have" for any grandparent--"about to be" grandparent or "have a bunch of grandkids" grandparent. It would make a great gift from the parents-to-be to the grandparents-to-be, perhaps even as a fun way to announce a pregnancy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2000
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This book has great information for anyone who works with children ! Of course grandmothers are always looking for ideas and new things to do with grandchildren. Offering specific activities, as well as helpful information, this book is a MUST HAVE for any grandmother. It's also a PERFECT gift for any adult who has grandchildren.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By coachwriter on October 24, 2006
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Many grandparents long to have a relationship with their grandchildren but live too far away or just don't remember how to have fun! This terrific book helps on both counts (and many more). It's easy to read, but hard to put down if you're looking for ways to interact with grandchildren of all ages whether near or far. I'm a pretty creative person myself, but the authors came up with some ideas I'd never thought of and I plan to implement them. I also plan to tell other new grandparents about the book. It would make a great gift for anyone new to the world of grandparenting.
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