Jane Isay

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Over the last 12 years, I have written 4 books. March 2018 marked the publication of my fourth book, Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today.
My previous book, Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths that Change our Lives, was published in January 2014. It follows my first book, Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Adult Children and Parents, which came out in 2007. Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings followed in 2010.

For over 40 years I was a book editor and publishing executive, specializing in psychology but including other subjects. I edited such classics as Reviving Ophelia, The Drama of the Gifted Child, Friday Night Ligh
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The Sense of Being Loved

This morning at Family Services for Yom Kippur, the Rabbi introduced the subject of repentance by speaking of love, unconditional love. She suggested that we think of the person in our lives whose love we knew we could depend on, the person who loved us warts and all, without constraint


She was saying that God loves all of God’s creation as much as that person in our lives loved us. God’s love is t

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My first book was about dealing with your grown children, and then my kids really grew up and had their own children. Dealing with three generations is even more fun—and more challenging. Unconditional Love was the most fun to write.
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“So let’s allow ourselves to imagine that the attention and love we give our grandchildren can help them grow and eventually help to mend our troubled world.”
Jane Isay, Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today

“Encouraging grandchildren to follow their dreams, despite the worries the other adults in their lives might harbor, is one of the pleasures of being a grandparent. We empower them when we bake together, garden together, write books together, teach them to knit and crochet, and stop cheating at cards to let them win as a nod to their becoming more grown up. We empower them in Grandpa’s garage workshop when they hammer their first nail and saw their first piece of wood. Sometimes we let them see their own strengths even though we don’t have a lesson plan.”
Jane Isay, Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today

“Today, as I walked my dog on a cool clear morning, I realized that if I live long enough, I may see my grandchildren grow into adults. Someday they might become my young friends. This hope keeps me going. Jane Isay”
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“I love my life as a writer and mapmaker of family relationships.”
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“Unconditional love is the magic bridge that spans the generations: we love them unconditionally, and they love us back without reservations. It's a two-way experience. It grows the children and gentles the grandparents.”
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“What’s the difference between encouragement from parents and from grandparents? When the nonjudgmental sense of being accepted as you are-not as your parents want or as your peers require- radiates from the gaze of a grandparent, it’s a confidence builder.”
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“Mindful of the boundaries between us and our grown children, we make the effort to take the differences between us less personally”
Jane Isay, Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today

“Today, as I walked my dog on a cool clear morning, I realized that if I live long enough, I may see my grandchildren grow into adults. Someday they might become my young friends. This hope keeps me going.”
Jane Isay, Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today




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