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Your life: Grandparents can be a vital part of a grandchild's life

Reading good, instructive books and listening to how others manage their grandchildren can help a grandparent be a positive, stable and loving influence in a child's life.
By CHARLOTTE LANKARD Modified: July 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm •  Published: July 23, 2012

Being a grandparent who makes a difference was important to me when my first grandchild was on her way. Three books I bought 19 years ago still sit on my bookshelves.

“The Essential Grandparent” by psychotherapist Dr. Lillian Carson believes our unique contribution to our grandchildren and families are: unconditional love and acceptance, living your own life with energy and purpose, providing family continuity through rituals, photos, recipes, etc.

“Grandparenting with Love and Logic” by child psychiatrist Dr. Foster Cline and educator Jim Fay offers practical solutions to solving today's grandparenting challenges, such as being a stabilizing force during times of family upheaval.

“Grandloving” by Sue Johnson and Julie Carson offers 200 innovative and inexpensive activities to make memories with your grandchildren.

Books are good resources, but so is observing other grandparents interact with their grandchildren.

We've all known the helicopter grandparent — hovering, rotating their lives around their children and grandchildren and swooping in to rescue at the first sign of trouble.

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