Title: How to Be the Perfect Grandma
Author: Bryna Nelson Paston
How the Book Came to Be: "A funny thing happened to my first-born son when he had his first (and only) daughter. Michael became the self-appointed father of the year. He knew everything there was to know about fathering. As for me, the instant grandma, I knew nothing. Never mind that I raised him. I no longer knew anything about raising anybody, and he declared me brain-dead. Michael was in charge of Rachel. He had rules for taking care of her. And all of them applied to me. Therefore, I started taking notes. Along the way I added my friends' stories about grandparenting. . . . I learned that I wasn't the only grandma declared brain-dead by my kid. There were a lot of us running around creating chaos. . . . It was an epidemic of know-nothing grandmas. . . . There was only one way to get even. I took pen to paper--or, as in this new millennium, fingertips to keyboard--and I wrote this book. Luckily my son Michael has a sense of humor." (From "Standing By")
Excerpt: "Rule 11: Ignore the Pacifier. Yes, I know it's a killer, but ignore the pacifier. It will go away. I can't think of one child in a cap and gown sucking on a pacifier. If you absolutely must tell someone that you raised your children without a pacifier and it really is the most disgusting thing on earth, and why do these kids give their kids one since we wouldn't have dreamed of it, call a friend."
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