Are you a grandparent? Are your parents grandparents? Do you know someone who is a grandparent? If so, you must continue reading this review, and after you are done, you must go get this book!
The subtitle for Grandloving is "Making memories with your grandchildren, babies to teens, near or far." The book really does cover all of those categories. It starts with the beginning- pregnancy! It's full of great ideas for how grandparents-to-be can stay involved without being bothersome and ways to help the prospective parents out. Next the book moves on to welcoming the baby. I think this is a particularly important chapter for grandparents to read- I was lucky to have parents that arrived ready to help and knew when to give us space to figure things out, but I've heard many horror stories from others about "bad" new grandparents!
After helping grandparents welcome a new grandchild, the book has great chapters on being a long-distance grandparent, preparing for grandchild visits (whether these are frequent or infrequent), traveling to visit your grandchild, family holidays and traditions, how to deal with older grandchildren, using technology to stay in touch, and helpful resources.
Every chapter of the book is full of great craft and project ideas for grandparents and grandchildren to do- complete with an age-range, a list of what exactly is needed and step-by-step instructions. Even though these are supposed to be for grandparents and grandchildren to do together, I marked a ton of them to do with my kids myself! Each chapter also has a quick tips list which summarizes the main points of the chapter- a handy reference for quick refreshing of what you need to know! I also especially liked the resources section at the end of the book with hints on good books, websites, catalogs, and travel.
You would think that a book with this much information would get overwhelming, but it's organized so well that it really doesn't. The chapters are clearly laid out, so you can read the chapter that fits your current grandparenting issue or time in life without having to spend time on things that don't apply right now. If you're getting ready for a visit- read that chapter. Christmas just around the corner, then flip to the holiday chapter! There's also an index in the back for quick references.
I think this book is just a wonderful resource for every grandparent to have. It's honest about the joys and challenges of grandparenthood while also dealing with less-commonly discussed topics like the relationship between grandparents and the new parents or how to share your grandchild with his/her other set of grandparents in a way that's good for everyone involved! And so much more.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, but was not compensated in any other way for this post. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.