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.

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