WHEN GRANDPARENTS BECOME PARENTS

There’s a quiet epidemic in our culture: The fastest-growing type of family unit is grandparents raising their children’s children. Though there are myriad reasons for this—the death of a parent, drug addiction, abuse, or incarceration, to name a few—the effects are the same: Seniors who expected to spend their golden years relaxing or traveling are now seeing those dreams dashed. Those on limited incomes are feeling the strain and are frightened about their future.

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There’s a quiet epidemic in our culture: The fastest-growing type of family unit is grandparents raising their children’s children. Though there are myriad reasons for this—the death of a parent, drug addiction, abuse, or incarceration, to name a few—the effects are the same: Seniors who expected to spend their golden years relaxing or traveling are now seeing those dreams dashed. Those on limited incomes are feeling the strain and are frightened about their future. And the mental, spiritual, and physical exhaustion of caring for children two generations younger— aggravated by a technology gap—is overwhelmingly real. And yet, through their sacrificial service, these seniors are acting as kinsman-redeemers for their grandchildren—keeping them out of foster care and giving them hope for a successful life. Drawing on his own experience and that of other grandparents, Rick Johnson offers these heroic seniors strategies and resources for overcoming the challenges they face. The common sense and practical advice found in this book will help them deal with their stress and fill them with hope as they raise another generation.

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