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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

 

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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....”

Things change 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 major elements that have changed is the family unit. More mothers are working. Grandmothers are not relied upon just to knit sweaters.
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Author Lois Young-Tulin (left) with one of her grandchildren.
Her chapters include topics like dealing with in-laws, grandmothers who live nearby and far away, divorced parents and divorced grandparents, step-granny nannies, gay granny nannies and grandchildren of gay children, chosen granny nanny, live-in granny nannies and more. This book is certainly timely, so much so, that publisher iuniverse has already labeled it an Editor’s Choice designation.




Lois Young-Tulin Interviewed Online: Itsafullnest.com, Mulitgenerational Life
Multigenerational Living: the “New” clear Family, April 12, 2011

editor's choice

 

Contact Information:

Author Lois Young-Tulin: lois@thegrannynannyguidebook.com
Publicity and Appearances: Michael Kleiner pr@thegrannynannyguidebook.com
There is an appearance form on the Appearances page and an interview request form on the Pressroom page.

The Granny Nannyis now available as an ebook
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