- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Books

"Grandparent Power: How to Strengthen the Vital Connection Among Grandparents, Parents, and Children," by Dr. Arthur Kornhaber (with Sondra Forsythe), Crown/Random House, 1998. This book is written by a grandfather, clinician, researcher and the founder and president of the Foundation for Grandparenting. The book offers insightful tips from a professional who has devoted 30 years to studying and researching grandparenting issues.

• "The Nanas and the Papas: A Boomers' Guide to Grandparenting," by Kathryn and Allan Zullo, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1998. This book gives practical information and anecdotes from grandparents about being a grandparent. It covers the long-distance grandparent, blended families and legal issues as well as listing resources for grandparents.

Associations

• The Foundation for Grandparenting, 108 Farnham Road, Ojai, Calif. 93023. Web site: www.grandparenting.org. The goal of this nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1980 by Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, is to raise grandparents' consciousness and to educate about grandparent-related issues. The foundation conducts a Grandparent/Grandchild Summer Camp at Sagamore in the Adirondack Mountains. An ongoing study of the relationship among three and four generations is also a part of the foundation's work.

• The AARP Grandparent Information Center, 601 E St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20049. Phone: 202/434-2296. Web site: aarp.org/confacts/programs/gic.html.AARP created this center to provide information and answer questions about grandparenting.

On line

• Elderhostel is a nonprofit organization that provides educational trips for seniors ages 55 and older. Its Web site (www.elderhostel.org) has a section on intergenerational travel and a catalog listing various trips for grandparents and their grandchildren.

• Family Edge's Web site (www.familyedge.com) has a section for parents, grandparents and children. This for-profit site is operated by Knowledge Kids Network, a division of Knowledge Universe, and is dedicated to education and training. Dr. Kornhaber writes a column on grandparenting for this site.

• IGrandparents a privately held, venture-backed company has a site (www.igrandparents.com) that offers a travel guide, a travel column written by a travel writer and grandmother, a chat room and message boards for contacting other grandparents.

• Grandtravel, a travel agency in Bethesda, specializes in trips for grandparents and their grandchildren. Its site (www.grandtrvl.com) is well-done and worth a visit, although prices for trips can be expensive.

• Grandparents Travel Club, a free service of Coronado Travel Group in Long Island, has a Web site (www.coronadotravel.com) that provides special fares and discounts for grandparents traveling with grandchildren.

• Loews Hotels provides the Generation G package for grandparents and their grandchildren. The Web site (www.loewshotels.com) gives a sample of the packages offered at its hotels around the country.

• Family.com, a family-oriented site operated by Disney, has an area about travel (www.family.com/travel).


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