The parenting cheat sheet

Friday’s Pocono Record parenting page features two of my favorite mothering cheats.
When parenting becomes just too much (and you know it happens to all of us — even Super-Übermom Gwyneth Paltrow), it’s always fabulous to have backups: in this case, books and grandparents.
Sometimes explaining a difficult subject (subliminal message: sex) to children can daunt even the most you-can-talk-to-me-about-anything parent. So whip out the library card and let an author do it. Just make sure it’s a good author. That’s where today’s parenting columns come in.
Death can be one of the most complicated, heartbreaking topics to discuss with children in the throes of losing a beloved. Watching someone deteriorate from Alzheimer’s can be even more confusing to a young one witnessing a slow, painful death. Check this “Parent to Parent” column for excellent suggestions of books that children can understand.
The “Books to Borrow, Books to Buy” column addresses the lasting value of relationships between grandchildren and grandparents. Presented in child-sized rhyme and story lines, this tragic loss can make more sense. Not perfect sense, but more.
Which brings me to my other favorite parenting cheat: Grandparents. It’s always such a relief to have a babysitter who would do anything to love and protect your child. And who, every now and then, gives the kids Froot Loops for dinner (because you’d get booted out of Gwyneth’s Organic Soy Only Club if you did).
Appreciate those grands while you’ve got them. They are a gift you don’t get to keep.

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