Advice for new grandmothers:
The average age of a first-time grandparent today is 47, which was incidentally, the average life expectancy just a century ago. We are the same age our grandmothers were, but we're in the middle of our lives and careers, not at the end. The trouble arises when her daughter expects her to babysit.
What not to say... Avoid phrases that start with "Shouldn't you," "Why do you," and "In my day."
Avoid innocent remarks. Don't criticize your grandchild's name, hair or outfit
It's okay to deny, deny sometimes.
Adair Lara will be doing a reading and signing this Mother's day, May 11th at Book Passage in Corte Madera from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
About Adair Lara:
An award-winning columinst at the San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, Adair Lara is also author of several books. She also teaches writing. She lives three blocks from her grandchildren in San Francisco.
To learn more about Adair Lara, visit her Web site at: www.adairlara.com