4 out of 4 stars
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“When she smiles, the lines in her face become epic narratives that trace the stories of generations that no book can replace.” – Curtis Tyrone Jones
The Grandma Force by Harriet Hodgson is an inspiring and comprehensive guide for grandmothers. At 14 chapters and a little short of 250 pages, it covers all the aspects of grandparenting, starting with how grandmas were yesterday and the dynamic change that their role witnessed over the years. It also touches on the types of grandmothers, like the formal, the fun-seeking, the wise, and the long-distance grandma. Additionally, it elaborates on how to build a loving and lasting relationship with grandchildren and how to communicate with them, especially as they get older.
The seasoned author and speaker that she is, Mrs. Hodgson uses a smooth and engaging writing style, which is well-researched, referenced, and supported by useful examples and handy links.
I liked the first-hand experience that the author shared, having practically raised her now-grown-up twin grandchildren, because of a tragedy that had hit the family. This added such depth, credibility, and insight to the wisdom delivered on the pages of this book. The organization of the book and the age-tailored approach made for The Grandma Force a smooth sailing.
Furthermore, I appreciated the practical and sound advice on a myriad of issues that are sometimes overlooked, such as paying attention to the mental and physical wellbeing of the grandparent as a caregiver, as well as reaching the sublime place of knowing when to hold on to grandchildren and when to let them go.
The strikingly inspiring portrayal of grandmothers as empowering role models and activists for causes that pique their interest, made me look at grandparenting in a new light. The author says, “Grandmas are competing in marathons, serving on boards, running for office, and starting businesses. Some grandmas want to improve communities. Others want to improve the world. While our goals differ, courageous grandmothers are attracting the attention of visual and print media.”
That said, I cannot think of anything I disliked about The Grandma Force. Having not come across a single error throughout the whole book is a testament to its impeccable editing, which added to my enjoyment while reading it. I think The Grandma Force would appeal to a wide scope of readers. I, therefore, highly recommend it to parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren, each of whom is bound to find in it something to relate to and cherish. Considering all the aforementioned, it gives me immense pleasure to rate The Grandma Force by Harriet Hodgson 4 out of 4 stars.
On a final note, I cannot but agree with the author about grandmothers being fountains of wisdom and common sense. The love, the kindness, and the far-sightedness that were bestowed upon me and my brothers by our grandmas are invaluable assets, that I would like for my children to experience with their grandmothers.
The Grandma Force
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