Little Things Mean a Lot: Creating Happy Memories with Your Grandchildren

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Crown, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 120 pages
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Hundreds of creative ideas guide grandparents in building meaningful, close relationships with their grandchildren. Whether you live next door or across the country from your grandchildren, have a few minutes, an hour, or a weekend to spend, you'll know how to be a devoted, caring grandparent. Give your grandchild a stuffed animal or sports equipment that belonged to a parent; devise an affectionate pet name for each grandchild; e-mail or fax messages, riddles, jokes or short hellos; ask your grandchild to teach you karate or dance steps; provide a special nook in your house for your grandchild's toys; make up stories in which your grandchild is the central figure; or sing songs together at the tops of your lungs. This book provides endless ways to please a grandchild, from infancy through the teen years and beyond - from a host of "long distance little things" to sharing tales of their parents' childhoods to making spirits soar on holidays or sickdays. You'll never be at a loss for ways to fill your grandchild's life with love and thoughtful, memorable experiences - the very gestures that cause grandparent and grandchild connections to flourish into lasting bonds. While you are having fun spoiling, consoling, and teaching your grandchildren, you'll be passing on family history and warm traditions.

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Susan Newman, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the author of 15 nonfiction books about parenting and issues affecting family life. She taught at Rutgers University and is a featured speaker/workshop facilitator on family life and children's issues. Susan is the author of the classic book "Parenting the Only Child" and blogs for "Psychology Today" magazine. Visit the author at www.susannewmanphd.com.

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