OVERVIEW OF FIFTH CHILD

We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Friday, September 20, 2013

TWO TESTIMONIALS on AMAZON


5.0 out of 5 stars
Thank you Lynne, September 15, 2013
By 
Shirley A. Ikenze (Vallejo, CA United States)
  
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This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Paperback)
Wonderfully honest and well written. As a 60 year old licensed clinical social worker AND the grandparent parent of a bright and imaginative 4 year old, it is indeed both a challenge and a delight. Add to that, the sadness; when our little girl says,"I miss my mom and dad," whom she has not seen since she was 6 months old and whose mother, is my daughter. Lynne's honest emotions brought tears of joy and tears of sorrow of experiences that I know too well. Through her and her family's own pain, she is determined to make her Brady's childhood memorable. Because of you, Lynne, my experiences are given a voice and are publicly validated. Kahil Gibran says, "Our children come through us, not from us". Thank you, also, Brady, for all of your insight. Thank you, Lynne, for writing OUR story AND for writing it so well.




5.0 out of 5 stars
Finished the book in one sitting, September 15, 2013
By 
Judith M. Wachs "Judy Wachs" (Aptos, California, USA)
  
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This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Paperback)
Even knowing the author personally didn't prepare me for the knock out prose and sheer honesty of the horror this family went through and the love of life and each other that they found at the end, Lynne. You really wrote a winning saga. I was overwhelmed with emotion.

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