The Grammie Guide: Activities and Answers for Grandparenting Today (Paperback)
Four savvy grammies share their early childhood expertise and the current research on the importance of play for children from birth to age five in this ultimate guide for becoming the grandmother little children run to hug. Including more than 500 simple, screen-free activities, the guide provides grandmothers with friendly advice and helpful, clever ideas for both indoor and outdoor play. Projects are divided into age ranges and include special sections on music, books, and art for young children, plus a special "Grandpa" chapter. The activities are rounded out by an update on what’s new in equipment from cribs to car seats, reminders and tips on ages and stages, safety guidelines, and a discussion of why and how to limit screen time.
Jan Eby is a former elementary school teacher, early childhood/parent educator, and grandmother. She lives in California. Laurie Mobilio has more than 20 years' experience in business, including the launch of her own word processing and editing company and an outsourcing service for corporate learning and development. She lives in Saratoga, California. Lynne Noel is a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning director and teacher at a parent participation nursery school. She lives in Saratoga, California. Cindy Summers is a teacher who developed and implemented a cutting-edge program for mainstreaming mentally handicapped school-aged children into the public school system. Her leadership and organizational skills have been recognized by the Junior League and by the Ronald McDonald House where she served on the board. She lives in San Jose, California.
"[The authors], who all have backgrounds in early childhood education, bring healthy doses of encouragement, research and guidance to their debut book . . . [their] tips are specific, useful and up-to-date . . . in both their advice and the personal stories they share throughout the book, the authors make their enthusiasm for grandmas clear, and it’s positively infectious. An excellent guide, full of friendly advice and inspiration for proud grandmas.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The Grammie Guide will increase your awareness, playfulness and resourcefulness. While you don’t need a book to love your grandchildren, this one will definitely enrich the time you spend together!” —Rahima Baldwin Dancy, author, You Are Your Child’s First Teacher
“Where was this book when I was a new grandmother? It would have become my bible for grandparenting . . . a MUST for every new grandparent and a wonderful entertaining and helpful resource for those of us who have been at it for over 20 years!” —Katharine A. Perko, former Arizona County superintendent of schools
“In this rapidly changing and often stressful world . . . The Grammie Guide is just what grandparents need to refresh and update the knowledge and skills they learned from parenting their own children.” —Diane E. Levin, PhD, coauthor, So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood & What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids
“The Grammie Guide gets back to the basics . . . It's through the strengthening of imagination and role-playing that [children] develop a positive sense of self. This book gives grandmothers the know-how to form strong bonds with their grandkids . . . Truly a great tool based on sound child development research.” —John Pina, PhD, child and family psychologist
“I loved it and was inspired by it! What a treat it is, so full of positive energy, creativity and fun. I have 5- and 8-year-old granddaughters and even though the book is technically for little ones, there are LOTS of ideas . . . to share with them.” —Paola Gianturco, author, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon
“Four fabulous Grammies have done everything possible to make your life as a grandmother easy, simple, and most of all, FUN! . . . This book satisfies every need and every question.” —Sharon Lovejoy, author, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots
“The Grammie Guide, based on both time-honored wisdom and recent research, is a widely inclusive guide to making the most of time with young grandchildren. A first time grammie will find great guidance here, and those with experience will find new sources of inspiration. It goes to the heart of what grammies can provide—one of the most special of relationships.” —Judith A. Murphy, MD, Stanford University–trained pediatrician