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Guide for new grandparents Think first, then do the right thing By Clarissa Thomasson S o you’re going to be a new grandparent! Whether you’ll be a grandparent, a step-grandparent or adopted grandparent makes little difference—children understand love, not labels. Whatever your title, you’re about to become an important part of a young person’s life. Preparing to be a grandparent is best done in advance, so here are some ways you can get ready. Spreading the word After you’ve heard the news, you immediately pick up the phone. Who will you tell first?! But wait a minute: This is the prospective parents’ news, not yours. • Be considerate. Give the parents a chance to tell family and friendsGRAND OCTOBER © Carla F. Castagno | Dreamstime.Com Receiving the news While learning of a pregnancy should be exciting for prospective parents and grandparents alike, the news isn’t always welcomed; for instance, when it involves teenage or unmarried daughters or young couples with limited income. • Resist reacting in a way you might later regret. • Be happy for them. • Don’t ask: “Can you afford a child? Do you have room? What about your job?” • Do ask: “How are you feeling?” and “When is the baby due?”

GRAND Magazine - October 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - October 2009

GRAND Magazine - October 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Crystal Gayle: A Glimmer of Crystal
Guide for New Grandparents
Cyber-Savvy GRAND
Ask GRAND
Together Time
A Halloween Read Aloud
First Person
GRAND Legal
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Intro
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cover2
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Contents
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Central
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Crystal Gayle: A Glimmer of Crystal
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Guide for New Grandparents
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cyber-Savvy GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 28
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Ask GRAND
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Together Time
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 32
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - A Halloween Read Aloud
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - First Person
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GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Legal
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Finale
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