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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Thursday, October 9, 2014

ONE GRAND FAMILY-Woman's Day Magazine-It's here!

The November issue is in the stores! It's the Feature Article and our story about our raising our grandchild as our own. Go get it!


  1. Just read your story. I cried. So many of us out there yet, I feel so alone in this most of the time. We've been raising our granddaughters for over two years now. They are 4 and 7. We have a very different story. Would be great if Women's Day would consider sharing some other stories as well. Perhaps one day.. Thanks so much for sharing. Many people just don't understand the Grand Family situation or how common it is becoming.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, I'm hoping that this article will wake up other publications to the plight of grandparents raising grandchildren. There's so much more to be shared. A couple websites I'm on have helped me not feel so alone. If you're raising your grandchildren because of addiction, The Addict's Mom G2G (grandparent to grandparent) is wonderfully supportive. If it's for another reason, then Relatives Raising Grandchildren is a good site. You're not alone.