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Additional resources

There are many resources available to grandparents raising grandchildren—but they're not always easy to find.The following list of books and web sites are resources that we feel provide helpful and accurate information on raising grandchildren.


For grandparents

Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family. Sylvie De Toledo and Deborah Edler Brown. New York:The Guilford Press, 1995.

This book addresses several difficult issues that grandparents face when they take on a new, and often unexpected, job of raising their grandchildren.

To Grandma's House We...Stay: When You Have to Stop Spoiling Your Grandchildren and Start Raising Them. Sally Houtman. Northridge, Ca.: Studio 4 Productions, 1999.

Designed as a guide for grandparents raising grandchildren, this book offers practical solutions to real-life problems that families have to face when traditional roles and relationships are redefined.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.New York: Avon Books, 1980.

Focuses almost entirely on communication in families.Though not specifically designed for grandparents raising grandchildren, many of the same topics are applicable: age-appropriate communication, problem solving, and improving relationships.

The Grandparent Guide: The Definitive Guide to Coping with the Challenges of Modern Grandparenting. Arthur Kornhaber. New York: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2002.

A helpful re s o u rce for any gran dpar-ent, The Grandparent Gui de, examines the countless ways gran d-pare nts and gran d ch il dren intera ct . One section specifi cally looks at raising gran d ch il dren and the difficulties and changes that com e along with this new respon sibil i ty.

For children

The Adventures of NanaCat and Her Children—Moving In. Maureen Everette and Catherine Moon. Gulfport, Fl: Currier Davis Publishing, 2003.

The first in a 10-part series to help kids adapt to kinship care. Moving In addresses the need for security that is often present when a child moves to a new home.The story is warm and caring and expresses love, security, and safety. (Ages 3-8)

Do I Have a Daddy? Jeanne Warren Lindsay. Buena Park. CA: Morning Glory Press, 1991.

This story provides a model for how to respond to children's questions about a parent they have never seen. (Ages 4-8)

Let's Talk About Living with Gran dparents. Susan Kent. Powerkids Pr. 2001. What it's like to live with a grandparent and some hints for ways to make it pleasant. (Ages 6-10)

Into the Great Forest: A Story for Children Away from Parents for the First Time. Irene Wineman Marcus, Paul Marcus, and Susan Jeschke (illustra-tor).Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Publications, 1992.

Explores the insecurity and anger children may experience when away from their parents for the first time.The book uses the tale of a prince's adventures to gently suggest ways to resolve children's feelings by relying on their own strengths. (Ages 4-8)

The Kissing Hand. Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (illustrator), and Nancy M. Leak (illustrator). Child Welfare League of America, 1993.

This beautifully illustrated children's book helps children cope with separation from parents. It gives children a way to feel connected with those they love, even when apart. (Ages 4-8)

Love is a Family. Roma Downey and Justine Gasguet (illustrator). Harper Collins, 2001.

Lily worries that she will be the only kind in her class who brings just one person to Family Fun Night. It turns out that there were many kinds of families, including grandparents raising a grandson. (Ages 4-8)

The Magic Box: When Parents Can't Be There to Tuck You In. Marty Sederman, Seymour Epstein, and Karen Stormer Brooks (illustrator).Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Publications, 2002.

This upbeat and wonderfully illustrated book helps children cope when parents are often away from home. Contains a wealth of tips for families. (Ages 3-7)

Robert Lives With His Grandparents: A Concept Book. Martha Whitmore Hickman and Tim Hinton (illustrator). Morton Grove, Il: Albert Whitman & Company, 1995.

Robert's parents are divorced and he lives with his grandparents. When his grandmother decides to attend Parents Day at his school, he is afraid of what the other kids will think of him. (Ages 5-8)

What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best. Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger (illustrator). New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Grandparents can do many things but best of all, they give you lots of love. (Ages 3-6)

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