Just in time for the holidays, Just Write Books reveals Grandkids as Gurus: Lessons for Grownups by Susan Lebel Young.
Grandkids as Gurus shows how children can be our greatest teachers. In this charming collection of stories, remembrances, and anecdotes, as well as a collection of artwork from the gurus themselves, Lebel shares the unexpected lessons learned from her own grandchildren, and shows that sometimes the youngest can teach us the most important things in life.
“I knew how to be a grandparent, I had four great ones, fine role models. Being grandma would be simple, like my certain truth that we succeed best when we cooperate,” Lebel writes. “Being one generation removed from worrying about memorizing times-tables and flashcard homework, about not-throwing food and table manners is bigger than giving them back to their parents.”
“In chapters organized by themes like, ‘Beginner’s Mind,’ ‘Joy,’ and ‘Stop Adulting,’ she gives us vignettes of her experiences of being with her grandchildren and her ways of loving them that all grownups—grandparents or not—will understand.”
—Patricia Dodd Hagge, meditation teacher, former Telling Room teacher and volunteer
“Children laugh on average 400 times a day,; adults 40. Becoming an adult does not mean giving up wonder, joy and curiosity. In this book of listening and observation, Susan Young relates glimmers of the original self of childhood which we all carry within us hidden beneath the self we built to cope with the adult world. Dive in and recall what will enrich your life.”
—George Dreher, MD
“It takes a wise and attentive grandparent to move beyond delight in her grandchildren’s sayings to seeing their inherent wisdom, wisdom even for guiding adults. Sue Lebel Young is that singular grandparent, and the result of her careful listening and disarming insights is Grandkids as Gurus. It should prove thought-provoking for her readers of all ages.”
—Peter Monro, former journalist & blogger at DesignForWalking.com