GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011 - (Page 30)

Going through the fire grand families Raising our grandchildren takes passion, patience and wisdom BY LOUISE EAGLE D ear friends, in March 2011 I was chosen to be the new president of NCGCR, the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights, an advocacy group for grandparents and grandchildren with chapters in most states in this country. I have big shoes to fill, but I have promised Lola Bailey, co-founder and past president, that I will do my best to honor the promises she has made. Thirty-six years ago I was chosen for another job: to be mother and father to my grandson, born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, partial paralysis, partial blindness and neurological impairment. By 1986 I was raising five more grandchildren and one grandnephew! It would be a gross understatement to say I was overwhelmed. It has been a difficult road to travel. One of the hardest parts of this mission, second only to obtaining services, is the way those of us raising 30 GRAND JULY AUG 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011

GRAND - July/Aug 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
American Pride (and Peace of Mind)
The Golden Now
Cover Story: The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Grandparenting
2011 Awards for Best Grandparenting Books
Bite Your Tongue?
Grand Products
Extraordinary Grands: Claudia Timbo
Grand Families: Going Through the Fire
Birds Do It
Grandparent Rights: Brainwashing Hannah
Teaching Kindness by Example
Getting Creative with Childhood Obesity
Toys ’n Tech
“Whadya Say??”
Grand Finale
The Big Reveal
Op Ed: Same-Sex Marriage, Pro or No?
Kinship Care Resources
Find Fun Things to Do

GRAND Magazine - July/August 2011