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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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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".
The book seems drawn out in an effort to look like a lot of different ideas are proffered. Most of them seem geared toward perhaps an older grandmother (older than my mother who became a grandmother at 50) and who is not familiar at all with email (she explains how to set up an account), the internet (again, she points out 'popular search engines' and explains skype in detail), or kids in general (bath toys, dress up clothes, etc).
I think the book would be fine for a first-time, older grandmother. But even then you'd have to wade through a lot of plain text and duplicate ideas under different headings.
I'm the grandmother of six and I am already planning six or seven activities I've found in SUPER GRANNY, from taking walks in the rain or at night (free), writing love letters (also free), to hosting a "dog wedding" (I kid you not!)to taking trips without breaking the bank.
The grandmother who said riding up and down in an elevator was a "fun activity" has my undying affection. What a great idea, especially for a little kid just tall enough to reach the lowest buttons.
The author (a Super Granny herself)writes in friendly, upbeat language. There also are nice illustrations. Even complicated activities such as writing books or helping kids learn to knit are explained clearly.
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.