“I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said ‘We saw your movie.’ ‘Which one?’ I said. He shouted ‘Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn’t like?’ ” – BRAD PITT
Published for Grandparents Day UK, this book is aimed at today’s generation of grandparents who refuse to be treated as befuddled old dears, taking you through a hilarious series of scientifically questionable quizzes, flowcharts, role-playing exercises, checklists and celebrity advice to help you cope with being a grandparent in the twenty first century.
Worried you might not be a competent granny or grandpa? Well, that’s understandable. Grand-parenting takes preparation, practice and hands-on experience. Just like origami or base jumping. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with the equivalent of a bin full of strangely folded paper, or a pavement splattered with your intestines. But don’t panic! Yet. This handy book will arm you with the essential tips and tricks the so-called experts don’t dare to tell you, and will guide you every step of the way.
• What to do if you don’t like your child’s choice of partner.
• Ways to inform your son or daughter that they’re a hopeless parent.
• Which illnesses to fake to get out of babysitting.
• Simple ways to make your ‘in my day’ stories more exciting.
• What happens when grannies go evil.
• Buying presents your grandchildren might not hate.
• Are you a funky crumbly?
Of course, you could read a normal book on grand-parenting, full of nice, fluffy ways to bond with your grandchild and Oprah-inspired guff on modern child-rearing. Yes, it might make you a better grandparent. But at what cost?
Your children have an agenda here, and you need to understand what it is. Even now, they are plotting ways to exploit your energy, money and digestive biscuits.
With this book, the fight back begins . . .
GRANDPARENTS – THE FACTS:
- There are 14 million grandparents in the UK, and it’s a generation that is getting younger: 1.5 million are aged under 50, 7 million are under 65.
- Recent studies by Grandparents Plus and Age UK suggest that the older generation care for 1.6 million children: that’s 14% of under-14s in the UK.
- The total number of childcare hours taken on by grandparents has increased in recent years by an enormous 35%
- Grandparents Day originated in the USA in the early 1970s. This concept was initiated by housewife Marion McQuade, and through her tireless campaigning was eventually recognized nationwide and fixed as an annual event in the US. It has since become an important national day in many countries worldwide, including the UK.
About the Author:
Paul Merrill is a father of three boys and has had significant exposure to grandparents, both good and bad. As his sons grew up, he found himself sympathising with the older generation and relating to their plight ever more. This spoof self-help book is borne out of many battles and tensions between the generations, and may prove much more useful to new grandparents than it was ever designed to be.
This brilliantly funny, un-PC spoof guide to being a grandparent. As Grandparents Day UK is on 6th October, it’s the perfect gift for the kids to give their beloved Grannies and Grandpas – it will raise lots of laughs! Clever, funny – and terrifyingly true in places, Muddle Your Way Through Being a Grandparent is a must for grandparents and all the family this season.
KidAround have teamed up with Thistle Publishing www.thistlepublishing.co.uk to give away TWO copies of this fantastic book!
To be in with a chance of winning one, all you have to do is enter you name, address and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date 11th October 2013.
Posted by Amy Moylan