The Sacred Work of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

by Elaine K. Williams

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/10/2011

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781452536767
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781452536750
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781452536774

About the Book

You are not alone if you are one of the staggering numbers of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren! Are you confused by the generational gaps, challenging communications, and tough questions like, “Why are my parents so old? Why is my father in jail? Why doesn’t my mother show up to visit when she promised?”

The Sacred Work of Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren is the first book that contains answers and stories to address these unique issues and challenges—from one grandparent to another. You’ll enjoy the practical suggestions on how grandchildren can manage and solve some of their own problems, while learning how to cope with your own distinctive life challenges.

As a parenting grandparent, a kinship caregiver, a teacher, or a social service worker, you must read this book for invaluable insight. No other book takes on the complex challenges that parenting grandparents face with such depth and truth. How relieved and grateful you’ll be for the inspiration, knowledge and wisdom by the time you reach the conclusion!

“Through the stories told by grandparents themselves, Elaine K. Williams reveals the challenges, commitment, and love experienced by grandparents raising their grandchildren. This book not only provides understanding and helpful information, but will also touch the hearts of all who read it.”

—Sandy P., a grandparent who raised a grandchild

“I’ve waited five years for this wonderful author, Elaine K. Williams, to complete her groundbreaking gathering of knowledge from three generations so that we can clearly see the patterns of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The most important points are to help grandparents understand the dynamics of the emotional and behavioral challenges their grandchildren face, and the impactful trauma that all generations experience. She brings the keys of caring, connection, and communication forward to assist families to heal. Highly recommended.”

—Dr. Caron Goode, EdD, NCC, author of the award-winning book Raising Intuitive Children

About the Author

Elaine K. Williams has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and has spent her career working with children, adolescents, and older adults. Along with her degree, Elaine became a certified hypnotherapist in 2006. Her expertise is in the areas of trauma, loss, life transitions, and inter-generational communication. Elaine is a nationally respected coach, counselor, and trainer known for her commonsense approach to helping each person expand their human potential to live an inspired, meaningful life.

Elaine is the mother of three daughters and has five grandchildren. Her interests have always revolved around children, nature, writing, and spirituality. In the last five years, Elaine has conducted retreats for those who seek to connect to their wisdom voice and to center themselves in the still point of their soul.

Elaine currently resides in southern Michigan, where the lakes have offered her solitude, respite, and wonderful opportunities to camp and hike through the woods with her granddaughters. She also spends a great deal of time in New Mexico, where the beauty of the desert and the diversity of the people refresh her spirit and inspire her to be in service to life.