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Psychology Press, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 272 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 Ovn Image Choosing Our Grandparenting Style
Vital Roles
Distance Is Only Relative Especially If Youre the Relative 14
It Pays to Visit
Giving Wisely
Going It Alone SingleParent Families
Chapter Until Divorce Do Us Part
Starting Over Grandparents as Parents
Like a Passing Shadow

Families in Many Shapes and Sizes

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Ruth K. Westheimer, 1928 - Ruth K. Westheimer was born in Germany in 1928, she went to a school in Switzerland at the age of 10, which became an orphanage for most of the German/Jewish students sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. Westheimer immigrated to the U.S. in 1956, where she received her Masters degree in Sociology and her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. She studied human sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Westheimer is a pioneer in "sexual literacy." She has twice been named "College Lecturer of the Year." Westheimer is a Psychosexual Therapist who helped pioneer the field of Media Psychology with her radio program "Sexually Speaking" which began in September, 1980 . "The Dr. Ruth Show," which aired on the Lifetime channel, has been syndicated nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is known by most children as "Dr. Ruth Wordheimer" on PBS KIDS's Between the Lions. Dr. Westheimer is a therapist and an expert on family issues. She's also a devoted grandparent!

Dr. Steven Kaplan is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion and African Studies and Chair of the African Studies Department at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of "The Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia: From Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century", also published by New York University Press.

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