When your grandchildren live a great distance from you, is there any way to be more than an occasional visitor in their lives? Janet Teitsort says yes! In Long Distance Grandma, she provides scores of ways to build a meaningful relationship with the grandkids.
Organizing the book by the month, she takes lonely grandmas through the year with ideas on crafts to send, that ordinary un-crafty grandmas can do, books to read on cassette, recipes to share, and surprises to delight those distant grandchildren. Though many of the activities are based on youngsters, she does not forget military grandchildren, college-aged grandchildren, or teenagers. Activities vary in difficulty and expense, but Teitsort offers something for everyone.
Each chapter covers a month, and the activities are based on holidays, historical events, and seasons that take place during that month. September, for instance, includes activities with leaves, sweatshirts, Johnny Appleseed, apples, Labor Day, Grandparents' Day, and a healthcare box for college students. Teitsort also includes activities for Grandpa. Each chapter ends with an area to record what you did for the grandkids during that month and a section for notes of your own. She ends the book with a section for you to record your own ideas on connecting.
The book is well-written, creative, enjoyable, and easy to read. You can read it straight through or just check out the upcoming months for ideas. Long Distance Grandma makes a great choice for the grandparents' library! -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
According to an AARP survey, 45 percent of grandparents report that the primary barrier to seeing their grandchildren is the physical distance that separates them. Yet, the desire to communicate is strong. Janet Teitsort, a long-distance grandma herself, comes to the rescue with a year's worth of ideas to remain close even when the miles divide. Among her numerous ideas are art projects, recipes, and simple gifts that keep hearts knitted together. Whether children are toddlers or collegiates, Teitsort offers a cornucopia of connection possibilities including a strong recommendation for grandparents to embrace technology with ideas involving audiotape, videotape, email, and the internet. As the grandparent population swells with Baby Boomers, this book is truly timely.