Cheryl Harbour, author of Good to Be Grand
Cheryl Acton Harbour has researched and written about topics ranging from nuclear energy, education, health, learning disabilities, supply chain management, and women’s leadership as a journalist and corporate communications specialist, but never with more enthusiasm than on the topic of grandparenting. Cheryl is the founder of Intelligent Women Dialogue (http://www.iwdialogue.com), an interactive forum. She is the mother of three sons and grandmother of one (so far) and lives in the Chicago area.
I have read many great books by people who had an awful childhood. That isn’t my story. Growing up in Park Ridge, Illinois, just an expressway from Chicago, was idyllic, if a bit oblivious. I found my call to writing in high school when my counselor said, “You like English class -- you should go to Journalism school.” It was good advice because Journalism has served me well.
After earning my degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism I wound my way through all types of writing as an advertising copy writer, public affairs specialist, free-lance writer, newspaper columnist, corporate communications executive, website founder and…what else? I’ve never written a menu, but it’s not too late.
When I found out I was going to be a grandmother, I went looking for a book that would bring me up to date on what had changed since I was a mother and refresh my knowledge about what was still the same. I wanted to understand some of the new terms I'd been hearing. I wanted an enjoyable book that didn't go into as many topics or as much detail as the great big parenting books, and basically I was just very, very interested in learning and preparing before the baby was born. I couldn't find a book like that -- so I wrote it.
I did extensive research from all sorts of reliable resources and chose to include the information that is most relevant to grandparents. The book is organized by What's Still True, What's New, and What You Can Do. It begins with the moment you know you’ll be a grandparentand goes chronologically through the milestones of the baby’s first year, a period of time that sets the foundation for a relationship that will extend way beyond the first year.
I learned so much while writing this book, especially about making this experience the best it can be – for your grandchild, for your family members, and happily, for YOU!