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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Saturday, January 4, 2014

I JUST HAD TO POST THIS. HILARY BUFF IS A PSYCHOLOGIST AND WROTE THIS. I AM IN OVERWHELM. THANK YOU!

5.0 out of 5 stars Will change the way you think about parenting, love and forgiveness, January 3, 2014 By Hilary Buff Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fifth Child: The Turbulent Path That Led to Parenting Our Child's Child (Paperback) I have read some powerful books about parenting and addiction over the years. I thought Lynne Gassel would present another tragic story about addiction and loss. However, Fifth Child goes beyond eloquently presenting her own families struggles. Lynne Gassel provides beautiful and helpful insight into love, marriage, forgiveness and parenting. She checked her ego at the door, and presents a lens in which the reader can learn and grow throughout the book. This is an important book for new parents, families struggling with addiction, parents and children who may be viewing their relationship negatively, and anyone who believes in the human ability to forgive and love again.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What A Way to Begin the New Year-5 MORE STARS!

5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Fifth Child, December 30, 2013 By N.K.Beckley - 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) Once I started to read this book I couldn't put it down. I felt for the reader and her family. Lynne and her family had so much courage and faith to go through this situation and I am so glad that they found the help they needed. This book is a must read for anyone in the same situation, and I hope they can find the same help that Lynne and her family did. It is a wonderful read and I cried along with her and her family as they went through it. Lynne you should be so proud of yourself. You did an excellent job on it.

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!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Another "EXCELLENT READ!" Review...5-STARS...THANK YOU!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!, December 26, 2013 By Jacki - 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) Wonderfully written! An open and honest account of a family's journey through what has become all too familiar for many grandparents today. Brady is truly a special gift, and proof that sometimes life's greatest blessings arise from the most tragic of circumstances. Thank you, Lynne, for sharing your story!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A DIFFERENT KIND OF 12 STEPS

These 12 steps can be for anyone. What a concept! 12 STEPS TO SELF CARE 1. If it feels wrong, don't do it 2. Say "exactly" what you mean 3. Don't be a people pleaser 4. Trust your instincts 5. Never speak baby about yourself 6. Never give up on your dreams 7. Don't be afraid to say "No" 8. Don't be afraid to say "Yes" 9. Be kind to yourself 10.Let go of what you can't control 11.Stay away from drama and negativity 12.LOVE