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When a mother cares more for herself and her choice of lifestyle than for the welfare of her child, it is time for someone to intervene. The author of this book was in that situation. Sadie Olivia Meadows’ daughter was a habitual liar and drug addict. Meadow’s had no other recourse but to remove her grandson from the situation.
There is a sharp increase of grandparents raising their grandchildren. I believe we all know one or more grandparent raising their grandchild. Perhaps we raised a generation of self-centered children. I pray we do better with our grandchildren. My heart goes out to Ms. Meadows. I know this is not the life she had planned for her “golden years.” I admire her tenacity, generous love, and willingness to share with others. This book should be required reading for parents and grandparents.
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Book: Grandparents Adopting Their Grandchildren and How It Can Affect
Their Relationship with Their Children
Author: Sadie Olivia Meadows
Publisher: PublishAmerica, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-4512-0014-0 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4512-0013-3 (softcover)
Related website: www.PublishAmerica.com (publisher)
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Suggested for ages 13 and up, but primarily for parents
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Meadows, Sadie Olivia. Grandparents Adopting Their Grandchildren
and How It Can Affect Their Relationship with Their Children
(published in 2010 by PublishAmerica LLLP, Baltimore, MD). If
grandparents find that one of their children, for whatever reason,
cannot raise their grandchildren, what can they do? One option is to
adopt the grandchildren. More and more grandparents are raising their
grandchildren. Is that a good idea? I am aware of situations where
grandparents are even homeschooling their grandchildren. Sadie Olivia
Meadows, a wife, mother, and grandmother who is the author of several
books and short stories, shares the story of her personal struggle to
get her daughter to stop doing drugs and be a mother to her son.
After talking about her own upbringing, the death of her father
at age 38, her failed first marriage, and her problems with her
youngest daughter Ellie, Meadows chronicles over nine years how Ellie
met a man named Edward in the military, became pregnant, married
Edward, then falsely claimed that he was abusing her, and after her
son Alex was born left her husband to live with a several different
men, and began doing drugs. Meadows and her second husband Phillip
became Alex’s primary care givers and finally convinced Ellie to sign
the papers so that they could legally adopt Alex to protect him.
After that Ellie would often tell people that her mother had deceived
her into giving up her son.
The point Meadows is making is, “I would never tell anyone to
adopt, or not to adopt, a grandchild. I had no choice where Alex was
concerned. I will say to anyone who wishes to adopt a grandchild, or
any family member’s child, to expect resentment from the parents if
they are still living, and any close family members when they do.
They may or may not experience any resentment, but be prepared just in
case there is any.” Meadows begins the concluding chapter, “Do I wish
that I had never adopted my grandson? Not for a second have I ever
wished that. I love Alex with all of my heart, and always will.
There’s not a doubt in my mind that Alex would be dead now if Phillip
and I hadn’t loved him enough to raise him.” The book could have used
a little editing for grammar and paragraphing, but these minor flaws
do not take away from the powerful (and relevant) message that the
story conveys. I especially like the emphasis on trusting in God and
putting Him first in one’s life.
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