The Gift and Responsibility of Grandparenting Celebrated in New Book

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Author Jerry Witkovsky (MSW) helps multigenerational families stay close, in “The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection”.

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Grandparenting is more than just sending a birthday check or perfunctorily asking, “How’s school?” It is a sacred trust, because family elders have the opportunity to impact their grandchildren’s lives forever. Impelled by his passion for helping multigenerational families stay connected in richly creative and rewarding ways, distinguished social-work professional Jerry Witkovsky (named one of Chicago’s “Most Effective Non-Profit CEOs,” 1995), has published a life-changing and unique new nonfiction book, titled The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection.

Witkovsky, a grandfather of six and longtime grandparenting expert and activist, offers practical advice, warmhearted support and “outside-the-box” thinking designed to enhance the relationships of families of all backgrounds,cultures and beliefs. His highly engaging and informative how-to book is enhanced by a charming collection of richly literary reflections contributed by a diverse group of grandchildren, ages 10 to 70, who look back on what their grandparents have meant to them. For grandparents who are so inclined, the book also offers provocative journaling prompts, and step-by-step guidance in developing a family “Vision Statement,” and an innovative “Living Legacy Foundation” that can help them identify and underwrite their dreams. Witkovsky also aggregates sound advice from noted experts in family dynamics and child development, and provides links to informative resources and support groups.

Witkovsky’s target audience is primarily the rapidly-growing population of baby-boomer grandparents and grandparents-to-be, who are seeking meaningful, fun and affordable ways to connect with their grandchildren and to nurture the bonds (or heal old wounds) with their adult children. His highly readable book provides fresh, creative approaches to age-old questions about how today’s grandparents - even those significantly older (or younger) than the “boomers” - can:

– help their families stay connected and share adventures, regardless of time, distance or income.
– use technology to remain vital and “in the loop” in their grandchildren’s rapidly changing world.
– maintain appropriate boundaries while promoting healthy familial interdependence.
– maximize open communication and minimize conflict among three generations
– create an enduring legacy of both “values and valuables” – a “living” legacy to enjoy while they’re still around.

The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection is a grand labor of love by a seasoned expert and most engaging storyteller whose aim is to strengthen, and even transform, the lives of individuals, families and communities. Witkovsky says: “Grandparenting can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of YOUR life; and you can provide your grandkids with one of the most important experiences of THEIR lives.”

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About the Author
Lifelong Chicagoan Jerry Witkovsky (MSW, University of Illinois) has been a beloved mentor to thousands of individuals and generations of families, thanks to 47 years of professional leadership – 18 of them, as General Director – of Chicago’s Jewish Community Center system. Since retiring in 1997, Jerry has focused his considerable energies on grandparenting – helping multigenerational families work (and play) together to create a rich family life. Witkovsky has spearheaded annual orientation programs for grandparents in a growing roster of Chicago public and private high schools, designed to keep them engaged with their grandkids during the crucial teen years. His joyful commitment to his six grandchildren (ages 10-30) and to their parents, and his passionate belief in the transformative power of becoming a “Teaching-and-Learning” family, is at the heart of his latest book.

Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 236 pages; 978-1-4836-8090-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 236 pages; 978-1-4836-8091-0
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-8092-7

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