Being a grandmother is one of life's most important roles and many women can feel unprepared to take it on. New Age Nanas presents the rich and diverse views of over 1000 modern Australian grandmothers on what it is like to be a grandmother today, interwoven with expert commentary on how to make the most of this potentially wonderful and rewarding stage of life. This book is for grandmothers and their families to contemplate, learn from, laugh and cry with. Readers will read about grandmothers' views on topics such as feelings towards grandchildren, managing changing relationships as grandchildren get older, negotiating conflicts, special issues faced by grandmothers and taking time for their own lives, together with expert suggestions and advice from the authors on positive grandmothering. Based on sound research, and written in an engaging and readable style, it is a 'self help' book for grandmothers with a difference. Most importantly, New Age Nanas is a book in which Australia's two million grandmothers can find themselves, their concerns and their joys in the modern grandmothering role.
Doreen Rosenthal was born in Melbourne and in her mid-20s, married with 3 small children, took the brave step of going to university. She became passionately interested in psychology and worked in that field until the early 90s when she began researching in public health, initially in HIV/AIDS and most recently women's health. During this time, she developed two award-winning websites on adolescent sexuality and sexual health. Doreen retired in 2008 but has continued to carry out research. She spends a lot of time with her family, including her seven grandchildren Susan Moore was born in Melbourne and is a university researcher and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She has co-authored several books, articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Many with a focus on life span developmental issues, particularly the psychology of adolescence and risk-taking. She has worked as a psychologist and researcher in universities and schools for over 40 years and is now semi-retired. She has a daughter, step daughter and step son, as well as three primary school aged grandchildren.