When I was about to become a grandmother for the first time, I searched for a book that would tell me what I wanted and needed to know. A book that would tell me what is still true about childcare and child development. A book that would teach me about new techniques, new equipment, and new parenting philosophies. A book that would help navigate changing family dynamics and prepare me for this important new phase. I was looking for information and inspiration!
I couldn’t find that book anywhere. So I wrote it.

Becoming a grandparent is a major milestone, raising new questions, challenges, and opportunities. Prepare for this transformative stage of life—and make the baby’s first year one of the most meaningful experiences for both of you.

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Praise for Good to be Grand

“If only every stage of life had a book like this to go with it!”

Linda Renzi. MA, LCPC
Clear Path Center for Well-Being


“Cheryl Harbour's Good to be Grand is a great read for any new grandparent. I recommend the book as a resource for parents and grandparents alike. Harbour's organization around "What's Still True?"/"What's New?" gives grandparents and new parents a chance to open a dialogue about generational differences in parenting while exploring together what is best for the newest member(s) of the family. Good to be Grand is solidly grounded in current knowledge of child and family development yet accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the life-changing experience of grandparenting, which I believe is the most important family role of this century.”

Roma Stovall Hanks, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Research Director, Center for Generational Studies
University of South Alabama, Mobile AL


“Becoming a grandparent is full of blessings as well as often unexpected challenges. In this engaging book, Cheryl Harbour shows us that grandparenting isn’t just a simple reboot of the parenting role, but will require learning new skills, both communicative and practical, as well as rediscovering forgotten joys.  She is a wise and appealing companion for this journey and she has written a lively, accessible and informative guide that will be welcomed by anyone embarking on this wondrous phase of life.”

Michael O.L. Seabaugh, Ph.D, Psychologist, Writer


"When you start to read this book, be prepared to smile, learn, think, reflect, reminisce, and chuckle...all the way to the end. Armed with current knowledge on baby care and child development, you will be ready to enjoy and enrich your family life in the role of a grandparent.”

Lois Kercher, PhD, R.N., former President of National Association of Nurse Executives