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Psychology Press, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 234 pages
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Ruth Westheimer, known to millions as Dr. Ruth, has been counselling Americans on how to foster and maintain their most intimate relationships for years. Now she turns her attention to the role of the grandparent in this guide that aims to help men and women of all ages and backgrounds develop a more rewarding bond with their children's children. In this age of non-traditional families, day-care challenges, and decreasing sexual stereotypes, the role of the grandparent has never been more critical. Dr. Westheimer shows grandparents how to take advantage of their unique position to help enrich their own lives as well as the lives of their grandchildren's - and not feel overwhelmed in the process. Covering a host of general topics, including how to establish a relationship, managing visits, suggestions for new and unusual activities, and giving wisely, Dr. Westheimer also addresses the increasingly common situations of divorce, non-traditional and multi-cultural families, and what happens when the grandparent becomes the parent. She also pays special tribute to grandfathers, a largely neglected but increasingly important figure in every child's life.

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Two well-known authors present their views of grandparenthood, and both are excellent. "Dr. Ruth" Westheimer (Dr. Ruth Talks About Grandparents, Farrar, 1997, among many other titles) does what she ... Read full review


The Grandparent Relationship I
Common Concerns
Grandparenting A Developing Relationship
Created in Our Own Image Choosing Our Grandparenting Style
Vital Robs
Distance Is Only Relative Especially If You re the Relative
It Pays to Visit
Giving Wisely
Families in Many Shapes and Sizes
Going It Alone SingleParent Families
Until Divorce Do Us Pan
Starting Over Grandparents as Parents
Like a Passing Shadow

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Ruth K Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist best known for pioneering the field of media psychology with her radio and television shows. While the world has long turned to "Dr. Ruth" for answers to sex-related questions, her doctorate from Columbia Teacher's College is on the study of the family and ever since becoming a grandmother herself, she has devoted part of her recent activities to exploring this stage of human relations, first with a book aimed at children, Dr. Ruth Talks About Grandparents, and then with a documentary, No Missing Links, which examines how grandparents have transmitted traditional values from generation to generation. In the field of sexuality, she continues her private practice in New York City where she resides, and answers people's questions with her syndicated column and on the Internet at and She has two children and three grandchildren.

Steven Kaplan is currently Associate Professor in Comparative Religion and African Studies at the Hebrew University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Boston University and Harvard University. His previous books include a co-authored work with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, On Surviving Salvation: The Ethiopian Jewish Family in Transition (1992), and an edited collection, Indigenous Responses to Western Christianity (1995).

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