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Ready Or Not, You're A Grandparent- by Debra Evans

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From our stock of OOPS - (Officially Out Print Selection)-

You Alone as Grandparent Play a Vital Spiritual Role

Whether you have one, two, or ten grandchildren, Debra Evans will help you understand what you alone can do for your grandchildren and your adult children. As one grandparent to another, she offers practical advice, information, encouragement, and resources that will make you a better grandparent. She'll show how you as a Christian grandparent can nurture your grandchildren spiritually in a variety of ways.

Some of the topics you'll find in Ready or Not, You're a Grandparent include

  • supporting the parents before birth, including an update on current childbirth methods
  • greeting the baby at birth and mothering the new mother
  • improving intergenerational communications with your adult children as well as the grandchildren
  • nurturing your grandchildren as they grow, including sharing your Christian faith with them

Debra Evans is a mother, wife, and grandmother as well as a teacher of grand parenting classes, childbirth educator, and writer. Her books include Kindred Hearts, Christian Parenting Today Answer Rook, and Beauty and the Best. She and her family make their home in Texas.

 

Contents

1 Ready or Not, You're a Grandparent!  (A new generation revives the diminishing role of grandparents in the life of the family.)

  • Grandparents in the Spotlight 
  • What Only Grandparents Can Offer 
  • Using This Book

 

GRAND PARENTING DURING PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH, AND NEW-BABY STAGES

2 Pregnancy and Childbirth Today   (Grandparents may be surprised by changes in understanding and practice during pregnancy and childbearing.)

  • Pregnancy and Prenatal Development
  • Supporting a Healthy Prenatal Environment 
  • Fifty Years' Changes in Childbirth: A Brief History
  • The Transitional Era: 1940-1965
  • The Technological Era: 1965-1990
  • The Information Era: 1990 and Beyond

3 Greeting Your Grandchild at Birth   (Grandparents find they can be of assistance from the very beginning of their new grandchild's life.)

  • Birth: A Family Event? 
  • Becoming Acquainted 
  • Unexpected Outcomes

4 What New Parents Need (and Want)  (To provide loving support, grandparents need to understand the life stresses facing new parents today.)

  • Understanding Your Children's Stress Sources
  • A Change in Perceptions 
  • Recognizing New Parents' Concerns 
  • Responding with Your Support

5 Mothering the Mother  (Grandparents who are invited to make an extended visit when the new baby comes home can be a vital support to the new mother.)

  • What "Doulas" Do and Don't Do 
  • The Learning Period
  • Planning Your Stay
  • The "Baby Blues" and Postpartum Depression
  • Seven Simple Suggestions for Managing Your Time
  • When You Can't Be There

6 Supporting Feeding Time: Breast or Bottle  (Here are some practical ways that grandparents can be helpful, whether the new mother chooses to breast-or bottle-feed.)

  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Negative Comments Worth Avoiding 
  • Bottle-feeding Basics 
  • Promoting a Comfortable Feeding Environment
  • Especially for Nursing Moms 
  • What About Pacifiers and Thumb-sucking?

 

BECOMING THE GRANDPARENT YOUR KIDS WANT YOU TO BE

7 Sharing Your Concerns  (These tips on intergenerational communication (preventing and resolving conflict, establishing boundaries, healing broken-down communication) are helpful for all parents ... even before the grandchildren arrive.)

  • Setting Limits
  • Improving Communication Skills
  • Conducting a Family Meeting
  • Using Active Listening 
  • Establishing Verbal Boundaries 
  • Confronting Conflict Constructively 
  • A Time to Forgive

8 Promoting Your Grandchild's Health and Safety  (A practical refresher course on making your home child-safe and yourself the most competent, prepared baby-sitter a parent could dream of.)

  • Baby-sitting Basics 
  • At Your House 
  • Be Prepared
  • First-Aid Supplies
  • Medical Emergency Consent Form
  • Caring for a Child with a Fever
  • When You Need to Give Medicine
  • What to Do in Case of Accidental Poisoning
  • Obtaining Immediate Medical Help

 

SHARING YOURSELF WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

9 Staying Close, No Matter What  (Shared experiences and time together nurture the grandparent-grandchild relationship. Here's practical advice for all of us, including long-distance grandparents and those whose family circumstances have been altered by divorce or remarriage.)

  • Building the Bond
  • Unconditional Love 
  • Long-distance Grand parenting
  • Sight & Sound
  • Reading & Writing
  • Well-planned Visits 
  • Facing Family Changes
  • When Your Child Divorces
  • When Your Child Wants to Return Home
  • When You Are a Single Grandparent

10 Making Memories Together  (You can strengthen your family bonds with these wonderfully practical ideas for celebrating birthdays and holidays, having family reunions, and taking family trips.)

  • Birthdays: Making Your Grandchild's Day Special
  • Family Reunions
  • The Family Table
  • Giving Gifts They'll Enjoy and Appreciate
  • Treats for Babies and Toddlers
  • Preschoolers' Gift Boxes 
  • Celebrating All Year Long
  • Valentine's Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Resurrection Sunday (Easter)
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • Grandparents' Day 
  • All Saints' Day 
  • Thanksgiving 
  • Advent 
  • Christmas
  • New Year's Eve & Day 
  • Vacationing and Travelling Together 
  • Making Travel Easier (and Safer) 
  • For Those Special Trips

11 Leaving a Lasting Legacy  (What do you want to leave your grandchildren? Here's a wealth of suggestions on how to create a lasting record of your family history and, even more importantly, how to give your grandchildren a spiritual legacy, nurturing their growing faith in God.)

  • Creating Your Family Archives
  • Creating a Visual Record
  • Memory Albums
  • Tracing the Family Trees 
  • Becoming a Spiritual Nurturer
  • Leading Little Ones Toward God
  • Bibles, Books, and Other Blessings
  • Prayer: The Priceless Gift
  • When Family Beliefs Conflict 
  • Grand parenting on Purpose


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