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Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids Hardcover – March 3, 2009

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About the Author

Sally Wendkos Olds has been writing and publishing books since the mid-70s. Her bestselling Complete Book of Breastfeeding 9780761109020, written with Marvin S. Eiger, MD, is a classic in the field with more than two million copies in print. She has written over 200 articles for magazines such as Redbook, The New York Times Magazine, Seventeen, Reader's Digest and Good Housekeeping. She is the super granny of five grandkids and a grand-dog!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402757166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402757167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In a sense, my professional life has come full circle. In college I started out majoring in psychology, then changed my major and graduated with a degree in English. I combined these two major interests by writing eleven books and hundreds of articles about people and how they and their relationships develop.

I wrote my first book, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING, after having nursed all three of my daughters. I knew that if mothers knew more about breastfeeding, more of them would choose it and more would enjoy it. The new revised and updated fourth edition of this book, written in consultation with pediatrician Laura M. Marks, M.D., was published by Workman in 2010. This book has become a classic and, as many moms have told me, a "bible" at a crucial time in their lives. It helped to turn around the steady decline of breastfeeding in this country, and now I love hearing from women getting help from the newest edition of the book, whose mothers read the first edition.

Now that I'm a grandmother (of 5 wonderful people, all of whom -- of course -- were breastfed), I've been reaching out to other grandmothers, and with their help have written SUPER GRANNY: GREAT STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR GRANDKIDS, which offers more than 75 ways to connect with our grandchildren. The book tells stories about what real granny-grandkid pairs do together, and offers suggestions for readers (not just grandmas) who want to do the same kind of thing with children.

THE ETERNAL GARDEN: SEASONS OF OUR SEXUALITY was sparked by my interest in sexual issues during breastfeeding, such as how a woman's feelings about her body affect her ability to nurse, how breastfeeding affects sex with her partner, and the importance of infants' need for touching. In GARDEN I went on to interview 100 people ages 20 to 83 and to explore sexual issues throughout life, from infancy into old age, for both men and women. My sensitivity to turning points in sexual development was sharpened by my work on two college textbooks, A CHILD'S WORLD: FROM INFANCY TO ADOLESCENCE and HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, both of which I coauthored with Diane E. Papalia, Ph.D.

I believe that all parents are working parents; that parents working outside the home need special support; that mothers' well-being is crucial to children's welfare; and that the family is the best institution in the world and the one for which we are least prepared. These beliefs led to THE WORKING PARENTS' SURVIVAL GUIDE.

All the topics I have been writing about -- child development, family life, human relationships, health, and travel -- came together in A BALCONY IN NEPAL: GLIMPSES OF A HIMALAYAN VILLAGE, about the people and way of life I came to know in seven trips to Nepal.

Meanwhile, I married and raised three children to adulthood -- and kept my sense of humor! Besides my thrills when parents or kids tell me that they were helped by my writing or speaking or just understanding, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and enjoying the rich cultural joys that New York City has to offer. Of course, I have taken time out to go trekking in Nepal, to run the New York City marathon, and to go bungy jumping in New Zealand.

I have been asked whether I made up composite portraits to illustrate the points made in my books and articles. My answer: An emphatic 'No.' I feel strongly that anything presented as nonfiction should be true and not owe anything to the writer's imagination. The nonfiction writer can remember truth in various ways, can interpret it in countless ways, but always holds the facts as inviolate. The nonfiction writer presents a view of the world as it is; the novelist, as it might be, could be, maybe ought to be. Real people continue to fascinate me, and I write within the parameters of the truth, what I call 'the romance of reality.'

To get to know me better, go to my website: www.sallywendkosolds.com and my blog, http://omasally.blogspot.com.

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Format: Hardcover
Sally Olds has given us a real gift here: Interesting things to do with different ages of children-some activities you may have done, some you never dreamed of, and some that will make you marvel at the creativity of some folks. What I liked especially are the breadth of things to do, the clear descriptions, and the $ signs. By the way, anyone, not just grannies, looking for ideas of things to do with kids will love this book. A bonus is the author's ability to relate 'great stuff to do' to particular stages in child development.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, even if I do only a few new things with my two grandchildren. But when I invite now ten year old Gabrielle to join me in a political rally some day, I will know I have to thank Sally Olds for that.
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When the grand children visit, call or share time with you, what grandparent is not challenged by how to spend time with them? Should you get down to their level and crawl with them on the floor or under the table? Or should you sit and read their books to them? Each "Granny" - and I mean grandmother or grandfather--faces this challenge. Super Granny is a handbook that provides guidance to grandparents for this all too short life stage, grandparenthood.

My wife and I both read this, separately and together. It is an informative, chatty, delightfully presented book of suggestions for fun with grandkids. Olds provides a plethora of ideas based on grandmothers' activities that her friends and acquaintances have done with their grandchildren.

As grandparents who have done many activities with our 5 grandchildren ages 7-19, we found new and exciting things to do and suggestions we plan to try.

We shared the chapter on "Camp Grandma" with our friend who told us that she have a similar camp with her 9 grandkids and she found an activity she'd like to try this year.

If you are like us, wanting to make each moment with your grandkids as valuable and meaningful as you can, we are sure that you'll find things in this book to try. And hurry and do it now, because before long they will be in college and that great window of grandparenthood will change and pass you by.
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I bought this book for my mother who has 16 grand kids (ages 12 down to 20 months). I was hoping it would give her some fresh, creative ideas but was mistaken. I was disappointed in both the content and layout. Very text heavy with only a few hand drawn illustrations. My mom is 62 and has fine eyes, but all the text is weary on anyone.

Also, we happen to live in Korea so I was mainly hooked when I read, "there's even one for long-distance grandmothers seeking to connect with their grandkids." The one item for long distance is skype/web cams. My mother has been skyping since it started (even before, actually, so skype and g-chat was a welcome improvement). There is also an entire section devoted to 'playing the wii'. I laughed out loud because my mom bought the first Wii Fit she could specifically for the grandkids and her to have some friendly competition and to keep her house 'with it'.

Taking pictures with your grandkids and making a slide show on the computer, visit an art museum, write letters to them (separate sections for hand written and email, as well as another section for helping the grandkids type emails on the computer themselves), put toys in the bathtub for them to play with and get a low seat for you, search something online (even pointing out 'popular search engines like google, ask and yahoo', . . . these are almost painfully obvious things that don't really require imagination or creativity on either the idea or implementation end. The "Presents Presents Presents" section is 2.5 pages of "buy your grandkids presents, they don't have to be expensive or only given on birthdays/holidays". A very disappointing collection of "Great stuff to do with your grandkids".
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What a terrific book! Crammed full of ideas for things to do with your grandchildren, some of which I promise you you haven't thought of. It's light-hearted, but serious in its goal. To make your experiences with your grandchildren those they will remember all their lives, and pass on to their grandchildren! Great stuff. We can all be deeply grateful to the author for putting this gem together.
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As a grandmother of fourteen i very highly recommend this book to all Grannies. I want to send it to every new and old grandma I know. My only regret is that i didn't think of doing some of these activities when my older grandchildren were young, but, to be sure, I will put Ms. Olds book to good use starting today. It is well researhed and strong on safety issues. Super Granny is a must have!
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Sally IS the new Super Granny! Besides collecting 75 stories from grandmothers describing their favorite grandchild activities, she's created fun adventures for her own five grandchildren. Her book will definitely inspire grandmothers to connect with their grandchildren in so many creative ways.

Super Granny is written in a conversational style and so fun to read you won't be able to put it down--unless you're like me. I had to stop every few pages and look up the websites and resources she recommends, like background patterns for emails and text message emoticons.

As I read, I was inspired and excited to try new activities with my two granddaughters like identifying seashells at the beach or finger knitting. For those of you with young grandchildren, you'll get excited for them to grow up so you can enjoy experiences like attending a Grandparents University or Grandparents camp.

The activities range from low-tech ideas, like creating a magical closet for your preschool-age grandchildren to high-tech ideas, like creating and publishing a family cookbook online with your adolescent grandchildren. She encourages her readers to learn new skills, like text messaging to keep current with their teenage grandchildren's interests. At the end of the book there's a wonderful list of resources with a section on communicating with your grandkids.

After reading Super Granny, I couldn't help envying Sally's five grandchildren. She is one vibrant grandmother devoted to sharing her energy and enthusiasm with her grandkids!
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