grandmother noun 1: the mother of one’s father or mother; 2: a female ancestor-grandmotherly adj
nanny noun a child’s nurse or caregiver (probably of baby-talk origin)
caregiver noun a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people or the chronically ill)
granny noun 1a. GRANDMOTHER 1b: a fussy person; 2: chiefly Southern & south Midland: MIDWIFE
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
The definitions above seem so simply stated. They are also all nouns, with no verb or explanation of the act of being a grandmother, nanny, or caregiver. One definition of granny is negative. And one of the special parts of life-- being a grandmother -- takes action and work. Author Dr. Lois Young-Tulin, grandmother of 8, has taken it upon herself to write a simple guidebook for the verb of grandmother. In the 110-page The Granny Nanny: A Guidebook for Modern Grandmothers, Conscious Grandmothering or What Every Grandmother Should Know About Babysitting,she provides the dos and don’ts for successful relationships with not only grandchildren but their own children/children-in-law. With her first sentences, Young-Tulin sets an important tone: “Think about it. In order to be grandmothers we once had to be mothers. After giving birth, we, as the mothers, were responsible for our baby’s/child’s well being. As grandmothers, on the other hand, we have choices. Our roles are open for interpretation and conscious choices. When I became a grandmother, and even when my daughters-in-law were pregnant, I made a conscious decision to be an involved grandmother, one of the caretakers or a Granny-Nanny. I was sure that helping out and taking care of a baby would be easy like getting back on a bicycle after a twenty-year lapse. Oh, how wrong I was....”
over decades and generations. There’s disposable diapers vs. cloth
diapers, laws about car seats, security of cribs, whether to lie
a baby on its stomach or back. It’s more than that. What worked back
when, may not work or be right now. Young-Tulin also recognizes that the other
is the family unit. More mothers are working. Grandmothers are not relied upon
just to knit sweaters.
Author Lois Young-Tulin (left) with one of her grandchildren.
Young-Tulin Interviewed Online: Itsafullnest.com, Mulitgenerational Life
Multigenerational Living: the “New” clear Family, April 12, 2011
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