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The Granny Diaries: An Insider's Guide for New Grandmothers Hardcover – December 27, 2007
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About the Author
Adair Lara was an award-winning columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and is the author of several books. She lives three blocks from her grandchildren in San Francisco.
Patricia Storms is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist in Toronto.
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Every family is different--interpersonal relationships vary so much. I'm the maternal grandmother, but don't have (nor do I expect to have) any special "power" due to this, in regards to my grandchildren.
I LOVED this book. It was practical, positive, helpful and light-hearted. I even read some parts out loud to "Grandpa" because they were so great.
I found the parts about following the new parents rules very helpful to think about especially when you the one used to being the parent.
The author begins sharing her experience with her daughter's labor and delivery at the hospital ......
"Morgan had said that everybody had to leave when the baby came--she wanted only Trevor in the room (and the hospital staffers who wandered in and out)."But people can com and go during labor," she added kindly. My head whipped around. "People?"
It's a new shock to be called "people" by someone you have given birth to......"
Then come chapters like:
Mop and Plop or What Will The Grandchild Call You,
It's Not Your Baby,
Innocent Remarks to Avoid,
What about advice?,
Feeding your Grandchild
......and so on.
A great read for first time Granmother's and worth an occasional re-read as you are adjusting to your new role .
Complicating things is that our maternal instincts are triggered by our grandchildren's tears or complaints and we feel we must take action. The last time we felt this much love for a child was when the mother was born. As Adair states in the last chapter in her note to the parent "Remember, that grandmother is your mother, and she's just trying to help.
Adair helps cut through the communication problems between mother and grandmother when she states "will the day come when I can say whatever I like to my daughter as I would to a normal person? NO.
And "Why can't you just be your regular self, saying whatever comes to mind? Because you can't."
There is much wise advice in this book for both grandmother and mother that will lead both to a better understanding of where each is coming from. Highly recommend this book, especially for mothers of girls who have girls.