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Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children Hardcover – February 15, 2011
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"An important look at how the lack of grandparents affects families. Parentless parents know this, deeply. Now everyone else can, too."―Hope Edelman, New York Times Bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers
"This book on an unaddressed subject fills the need with empathy and hope."―Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
Based on the quality of content the price is too high for a digital copy. This was an impulse purchase.
This book should be titled:
ME, ME, ME... Poor ME... What About ME!?! (And my dad is the most awesome parent/human/mammal EVAH!)
OK- kidding aside...
I did like that I could identify with a few experiences she mentioned that parentless parents deal with:
The pain and grief that new Rites of Passage can bring on at ANY age and stage that parents that have not lost their parents (to death OR estrangement) really can not comprehend.
How sharing kid joys/successes with peers may come across as bragging or being competitive. However, it is important to pick your friends wisely. Supportive and nurturing friends are key...
The constant struggle to keep your parents relevant to your kids when you only have your in-laws (who may or may not like you and may/may not be supportive of your heritage) comparing your offspring to them because it is familiar while being oblivious to your feelings. Regarding the author, it appears her in-laws do like her and I think that is always a positive for a parentless parent.
Some of the research statistics were interesting but as the author states, there is not much research on our particular demographic.
While I am sure we can all empathize with some of her experience the book is more of a personal account rather than a resource for support or insight. The author does whine, as others have pointed out, for most of the book. I tried to find a more kind adjective but no-it is clearly whining. An author can relate to readers without the whining.Read more ›
I'd recommend this for anyone who is parenting without their parents be they deceased, out of town or just out of touch. It's a really good read for folks who have their parents around as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible. Just awful; it's evident that she has the most egregious attitude problem, and the book is extraordinarily self-centered. It's much more anecdotal than it is helpful. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
As someone who lost both my parents before I was 25, I had a keen interest in this book. I ordered it to help get me through the holidays this past year. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by mmc
After reading the glowing reviews abou this book I was sad to see that most of the book was digressing from the main point and just more or less an amature throwing an... Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by peacefultrends