Item description for Long Distance Grandma: Staying Connected Across the Miles (Motherhood Club) by Janet Teitsort...
Overview This unique book gives suggestions on how grandmas can stay connected with their faraway grandchildren.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 1582294445 ISBN13 9781582294445
Availability 0 units.
More About Janet Teitsort
Janet Teitsort is the author of "Rainbows for Teachers, Treasures for Teachers", and "Quiet Times: Meditations for a Busy Woman". She has been published in numerous periodicals and books. She enjoys public speaking and is a graduate of CLASS. Janet and her husband, John, have two children and nine grandchildren.
Reviews - What do customers think about Long Distance Grandma: Staying Connected Across the Miles (Motherhood Club)?
Creative ideas, with a lot od caveats May 6, 2008
I bought this book knowing full well that it was very religious. (Thank you to the previous reviewers!) I was prepared to ignore that part in exchange for what I hoped would be some great ideas for connecting with my far, far away grandchildren.
I have to tell you that this book covers most ages of grandchildren (up to and including grandkids away at college or in the military! That's unusual in my search.) The ideas are creative and many of them sound like lots of fun -- if you live within the same country and speak the same langauge as your grandkids and have a lot of money to send a package every few weeks.
Sadly, none of this was all that much help for me. My children wouldn't recognize most of the holidays Mrs. Teisort explores in her book because they are not being raised in the United States or as Americans. They wouldn't be able to get many of the products she recommends and it's outrageously expensive to send gifts to them--I spend $20 on gifts and another $40 on shipping on birthdays as it is! And calling them or taping books for them to listen to isn't all that helpful since i don't speak the language they do.
But I do highly recommend this book to American parents of American grandchildren who have some amount of money to send a package once a month or so! (And either they and their grandchildren are both Christian or who won't find it offputting to have to cherrypick the good ideas out of the religious dross.).
Long Distance Grandma Dec 29, 2007
Purchased this hoping for some interesting and creative ways to stay in touch with my grandkids across the country. Had no idea it was going to be very religious in outlook. Very disappointed in this book.
Well-meaning but impractical Mar 24, 2007
I'm a mom who bought this book as a gift for my own mother to give her some ideas to stay connected with her grandchild.
The book had really nice intentions but some of the ideas were very impractical unless you're a particular kind of person - someone who likes to cook, is religious and lives in a cold weather country that still uses old technology in the same time zone as the grandchildren. My mom doesn't cook so that rules out at least 25-30% of the book for us right there. She doesn't collect bible scripture so that rules out another 10-15% of the book. And, she is not into crafts so that rules out a further 20%. She also lives in the tropics with a 5 hour time difference so there's no way we could practically coordinate web-cam story sessions or synchronised movie watching - lovely though those ideas are in principle.
Also, my generation have all moved on to I-Pods, so as nice as it would be to hear granny's voice reading a story book to my child - we wouldn't have a cassette player to play the tape on - particularly since they're no longer widely sold. To be fair Teitsort acknowledges this but suggests you buy the grandkids a cassette player. There's nothing that would annoy me more than to have to accumulate more stuff than is necessary in a small city space. Better for granny to learn how to use an I-Pod to record and digitally send the mpeg of the story by email or burn it on a CD. The same applies to video tapes of gran reading stories or documenting her legacy. Video tapes need to be stored. For the sake of your children - get a digital recorder so they can store your stories electronically.
Another thing that would annoy me, Teitsort repeatedly suggests sending mugs along with cocoa and chicken soup - which again is a nice idea but mom's cupboard is soon going to overflow with random mugs.
Still there are some good ideas if you perservere and wade through. I quite liked sending the grandkids a box of crayons and a colouring book in which you'd coloured in a picture. That could be especially fun if you live somewhere that has different kinds of stories to the ones where mom and grandchild live. She also has some heart-warming advice on dealing with blended families and making your step-grandchildren feel as cherished and valued as your biological ones.
Sending older kids a phone card is another good one - though you could always get on Skype over the internet and encourage them to call you for free.
Ultimately this book inspired my own original ideas. Like my dad has a gorgeous singing voice - so I may get him to record all the songs he used to sing to me. And, both parents live in different parts of the world so rather than getting them to track the seasons I'll ask them to tell their grandchild all about the world they live in. Ultimately it's all about sharing of yourself and getting to know your grandchild. I don't think you need this book to learn how to do this.
An excellent resource for connecting hearts across the span of miles, particularly in an increasingly mobile era Dec 9, 2005
Long Distance Grandma: Staying Connected Across The Miles is a highly practical compendium of ideas written especially for grandparents and other family relatives seeking to stay in touch with faraway youngsters. Organized by themes pertaining to different months of the year, suggestions include plans for using the Internet and e-mail to stay connected, projects to send via snail mail, camera suggestions, recipes that are fun to make and ship easily, great craft ideas and much more. An excellent resource for connecting hearts across the span of miles, particularly in an increasingly mobile era.
Great Book! Mar 31, 2004
This book is from a genuine heart! Janet Teitsort is an inspiration to grandparents who want to stay in touch with their grandchildren in a world that keeps families busy and pulled apart. Her ideas are tested and they work!