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5.0 out of 5 starsAssisting Grandchildren without Offending their Parents
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
If you want a practical and creative guide for assisting your grandchildren without offending their parents, this is it. We have sixteen grandchildren and will use the books various suggestions to customize our approach to each kid. Thanks.
3.0 out of 5 starsSound Advice, with One Exception
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2019
As a comparatively new grandfather, I found the book simultaneously attractive and off-putting. There is much to like in the book, especially in the many great ideas for grandfathers to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren on a regular basis. The thrust of the book is for grandfathers to use this special relationship to impart moral values to their grandchildren, and thereby to help raise them as well-grounded, self-reliant, unspoiled, and moral.
However, the author’s plan for realizing these excellent values is unusual. It involves grandfathers establishing a kind of secret, one-on-one channel of communication with the child that largely excludes the parents. The grandmother is also largely an outsider to this relationship. (See Chapter 7 – Be a Secret Sharer.)
Personally, I would have been suspicious if my father had sought to create a secret channel to my children, particularly if my mother nor I nor my wife were privy to it. I remember one instance when my parents babysat our children for a few days while my wife and I went on a trip, only to discover when we returned that in the meantime the grandparents had filled the kids’ heads with a lot of partisan political talking points with which my wife and I disagreed.
No doubt the author has found success with his very large Utah-based family—9 children and 29 grandchildren—but the plan should not be considered as a model for others to emulate. I much preferred the parts of the book in which the grandfather serves as a friend and mentor to the child, takes the child on outings, and imparts values in a less deliberate way.
The author also has some imaginative ideas for grandparents to support their grandchildren financially without spoiling them. With the exception of the author’s plan for an exclusive one-on-one channel with the child, there is much in the book that I liked and which I may well use with my own grandchild.
Note: I “read” the book through audio. The narrator—not the author—has a broad Southern drawl that exudes trust and likeability, and he enhances the text.
5.0 out of 5 starsA fabulous book for ANY Grandfather
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
Being a grandfather is unique and special. My grandfather's both touched my life in an enormous way. Richard Eyre's book is a delightful read, and more importantly, chuck full of wonderful ideas on how to bring out the best in your grandchildren, have fun doing it, and how to leave a legacy that will be passed down through generations. A modest investment that will provide lifetimes of rewards. Thank you Richard Eyre. Steve S.
5.0 out of 5 starsWritten for Grandfathers--Brief and to the point!
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
Richard and I started out writing a Grandparenting book, but the further along we got, the more we realized that Grandmothers and Grandfathers each need a different kind of book. Mine is long and detailed and includes everything from Grammie Camps to recipes. Richard's book to grandfathers, on the other hand, is mostly bullet points and practical ideas that seem to appeal most to the (dare I say it) shorter attention spans of most granddads. I love how this book turned out, and think you will too.
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2019
Recently we went on a vacation with 5 grandchildren and felt we were in competition with ipads and iphones. Still, like Richard Eyre, we wanted to make an impact and tried to play with them so when we "told stories" to try to pass on our values, they would listen.