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Leslie Stahl was always a kind of role model for me. Smart, successful, beautiful and married to the hottest writer in nyc ( he wrote Urban Cowboy), she was living, breathing proof that sometimes you can have it all. Now, like me, she is a grandma and her insights and feelings are timely and relevant.
From the moment I met my first lnfant grandson, the focus of my life has shifted from work and hobbies, to the now four little ones who call me Grandma Debbie. A White House correspondent and long time fixture on Sixty Minutes, Stahl too finds total joy in being a grandparent. When she described the ‘jolt” of joy she experienced holding her first granddaughter, I totally knew what she meant. To back her own observations, she interviewed social scientists and doctors, grandmas who were also famous ( eg Whoppi Goldberg and Diane Sawyer) as well the “grandmas next door”. She discovered the genuine physical and emotional benefits that grandchildren trigger and the therapeutic value that grandparents and grandchildren have on each other.
Becoming Grandma does not back away from conficts between adult children and their parents. She also shares the challenges of caring for aging parents at the same time trying to help her daughter manage her own career and babies while helping her husband deal with Parkinson’s Disease. Most celebrity lifestyle books gloss over reality, and it is so refreshing to get genuine insight from a famous couple.
Becoming Grandma is probably the first empowering bookfor grandmahood. It is a wonderful gift for new grandmas who are just beginning to navigate this brave new world. Its also a great book for grandmas to buy for themselves to validate their worth and mindset. As Steve Leber founder of Grandparents.com has said ” God gave us grandchildren to make up for aging”.