When we first launched The New Granny's Survival Guide it became the go-to book for new grandparents - so much so that even celebs couldn't put it down. And now we're delighted to be releasing this Gransnet classic as a paperback edition. Full of the wit and wisdom of the people who know best - gransnetters, just like you - it's the only guide to grandparenting you'll ever need.
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For those of you who don’t know (and where *have* you been?) we scoured our forums for all of your pearls of wisdom, compiled them together with love, and wrapped the whole thing up in a trendy shade of mint green, complete with the famous Gransnet logo.
So this is YOUR book, and we’re certain it’s going to prove invaluable to thousands of fellow grandmothers.
Thanks to gransnetters' shrewdness and generosity, we’ve been able to provide advice on everything from protecting your grandchild online to helping them deal with bereavement.
There's sage words on the balance between helping and interfering - "I quietly crawled back into my shell and just smiled in a granny kind of way", says specki4eyes - and how to deal with bad behaviour. Is it better to take a back seat on discipline, or should you take an active approach in teaching your grandkids right from wrong? And while we’re at it: should you move to be closer to the new additions to your family? Should you provide financial assistance, if you’re able? And what on earth should they call you, if you’re not quite ready to be "grandma" yet?
A few famous faces taking in the advice of gransnetters (from left to right): Jennifer Saunders, Michael Palin, Sheila Hancock, The Hairy Bikers, Des O'Connor, Sherrie Hewson, David Jason, Fay Weldon.
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The book also looks at the thorny issue of grans providing free childcare ("I am a nana - i.e. a grandma - not a nanny - i.e. a childcare professional", says the very wise milliesmum), providing tips on how to set out the parameters, and how to say "no" when you need to. It covers every age - from fussy toddlers to teens tackling addiction - and each chapter is dotted with the personal stories of gransnetters, women (and men) who really have seen and done it all, and are doing wonders to banish the old biddy stereotype peddled by so many.
There’s even a guide to looking after small children - did you know that food worn as a hat is a clever fashion statement and any roadside vegetation is an acceptable place to pee if you are potty training?
And it’s dedicated to all of you, the people that make Gransnet the wonderful community that it is.