Modern grandparenting is a far cry from its
traditional image. The current crop of grandparents (baby boomers) are younger
and fitter both in body and mind than previous generations of
They need to be, because they play a vital part in
the lives of their
grandchildren. Couples working full time look to grandparents to take on
childcare; in families split by divorce, grandparents may be the only constant
factor in the lives of their grandchildren. Increasingly, grandparents are holding the third
millennium family together - and many are still working themselves, have second
their families of their own, or are caring for their own parents.
Being a grandparent is a joy, but all these
things can make it stressful. The Modern Grandparents' Guide looks at
the pleasures and pitfalls, tackling everyday things like entertaining
children, interference and spoiling. It also deals with serious issues like grandparentsí
rights of access and how to maintain contact with your grandchildren if your
children and their partners split, or if they live a long distance from
Jackie interviewed dozens of grandparents,
their children and grandchildren, to look at topics from all sides, and their
stories are warm, funny, thought-provoking - even brave.
The book has gone into three editions across
the UK and Commonwealth and is available in large print.
Jackie is often asked onto local and
national radio to speak on this subject and issues arising from it.
She has also become spokesperson for a new
website for grandparents called BeGrand.net.