Get More Visits with Your Grandchildren


How to Be the Favorite Grandparent


Being the favorite grandparent has its advantages. Favorites see more of their grandchildren, learn good and bad news first, enjoy grandchild initiated contact, host more grandchild sleepovers, participate in their grandchildren's school and after-school activities, enjoy frequent outings alone with their granchildren, and share more holiday time. Every grandparent wants to be the favorite, Canny Granny shows you how.

With this book, you'll learn practical and effective strategies to:

  • Increase visits with your grandchildren
  • Create and maintain good relations with the parents
  • Get your share of holiday, birthday, and special occasions
  • Enhance long distance grandparenting
  • Create meaningful shared experiences
  • Improve divorced grandparenting
  • Give thoughtful gifts that resonate
  • Stay the favorite and more!

Plus each chapter features a handy tear-out checklist.

Message from the author:

Do you have relatives that you tell good and bad news first, prefer as babysitters, seek advice from, linger with over coffee or dessert, and generally love to spend extra time with? These are favorites and we all have them. We just know better than to say so and hurt others' feelings. But the truth is that you don't need to say so; favorites are obvious—they're the ones families spend more time with. Parents may not "fess up," but their actions in terms of visits (i.e., amount and duration of contact) indicate their favorites. And the reality is grandparents are keeping score. Why shouldn't they? Grandparents love their children and grandchildren and want to spend as much time with them as possible. Many realize that they get less time than others and want to do something about it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Helping you get more time with your children and grandchildren is what Canny Granny is about.

— Elizabeth Gardner