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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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Amazon Review-5 More Stars! Thank you!

5.0 out of 5 stars A great book even if you don't have your "own addict", December 28, 2013 By Travis Hofeldt - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Kindle Edition) I read the sample of this book because Lynn Gassel is my husband's cousin's husband's mom (good luck mapping that out!) and I was hooked! As the parent of 3 kiddos around the same age as the author's 'Fifth Child' I gathered a lot of insight in parenting my own children. I admire the author for her truthful and often raw approach of telling her story. Although I have never had an addict in my life and pray my children won't ever have the disease, there were many lessons to learn and apply to my own life. Brady is a lucky boy to have such devoted parents!

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