Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children (Hardcover)
Parentless Parents is the first book to show how the absence of grandparents impacts everything about the way mothers and fathers raise their children--from everyday parenting decisions to the relationships they have with their spouses and in-laws.
For the first time in U.S. history, as the average age of women giving birth has increased significantly, millions of children are at risk of having fewer years with their grandparents than ever before. How has this substantial shift affected parents and kids? Journalist, award-winning television producer, and parentless parent Allison Gilbert has polled and studied more than 1,300 parentless parents from across the United States and a dozen other countries to find out.
Through her pioneering research, Gilbert not only shares her own story and the significant and poignant effect that this trend has had on her and hundreds of other families, but also the myriad ways these mothers and fathers have learned to keep the memory of their parents alive for their children, and to find the support and understanding they need.
About the Author
Allison Gilbert is the author of Always Too Soon. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, and is a now a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. She is the founder of Parentless Parents, a nationwide network of parents who have experienced the loss of their own mothers and fathers. Allison is also a public speaker and an Emmy award-winning television news producer. She graduated from Georgetown University and lives in New York with her husband and their two children.
Praise for Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children…
"Allison Gilbert offers an invaluable resource to anyone trying to find greater happiness as a parentless parent. By deftly exploring this difficult issue with uncommon sensitivity, insight, and just-right humor, Allison shows us how loss often has the unrivaled power to create a deeper appreciation of life and family."—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"An important look at how the lack of grandparents affects families. Parentless parents know this, deeply. Now everyone else can, too."—Hope Edelman, New York Times Bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers
"This book on an unaddressed subject fills the need with empathy and hope."—Library Journal