This article, entitled "Honoring Grandparents as Parents on National Grandparents Day," is presented by Grandparents as Parents.
(New York, NY) - Each year, a growing number of grandparents are faced with the wonders and challenges of childrearing all over again. Just as they were starting to relax into retirement, suddenly they are faced with soccer practice, science projects, and PTA meetings-not to mention Facebook, Twitter, and smart phones at the dinner table. In addition, they are often dealing with a troubled adult child as well (drug and alcohol issues account for more than 80% of grandparent families). Who can they turn to for support, guidance, and advice?
For more than 25 years, the answer has been clinical social worker Sylvie de Toledo. Sylvie's sister committed suicide in 1983, leaving behind an 8-year-old son who immediately went to live with his grandparents. Recognizing the need for support services for these new families, Sylvie founded Grandparents As Parents, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping grandparents and other relatives raising at-risk children. In Grandparents as Parents, Second Edition: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family (Guilford Press, June 2013, $17.95) Sylvie distills all of her knowledge and expertise, and offers a wealth of much-needed information on everything from the ins and outs of daily life to navigating the maze of government aid, court proceedings, and special education.
The world in which kids are growing up today is vastly different from the one in which grandparents grew up in-and the one in which they raised their own children. Fully revised and updated, this new edition of Grandparents as Parents includes a section on raising children in a high-tech society and an expanded chapter on dealing with incarcerated parents, as well as tips for managing your new lifestyle and maintaining your relationship with your spouse. As Sylvie writes, "Grandparents sacrifice a lot to raise grandchildren, but there are rewards: the relief of knowing that they are safe and happy, the wonder of watching them grow, the pride in their accomplishments...and there is the love."
Sylvie de Toledo, LCSW, BCD, is Founder and Clinical Director of Grandparents as Parents, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California, and is a recognized expert on issues affecting grandparents and other relative caregivers. She has received awards and other honors from organizations including the Alliance for Children's Rights, the Southern California Psychiatric Society, the United States Senate's Special Committee on Aging, and the California Coalition of Relative Caregivers.
Deborah Edler Brown is an award-winning journalist and poet based in Los Angeles. She was a long-time reporter for Time magazine and has written for numerous other publications, including Psychiatric Times.
GRANDPARENTS AS PARENTS, SECOND EDITION: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR RAISING A SECOND FAMILY by Sylvie de Toledo and Deborah Edler Brown
"This book is part map, part dictionary, and something of a group hug-a handbook for all grandparents who are raising grandchildren, to help them through the stressful times."