The influence of a grandparent

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The influence of a grandparent

Grandparents can be one of the most important forces in a child's life. We can be the magicians, the adventurers, the people who can take a child out of the ordinary. We can teach them how to see the baboons in the trees. That's what I do with my grandchildren everyday. I say, "Let's go look for baboons." We can teach them to see things differently. We have the patience to be able to nurture the creativity, the spirituality, the musical ability; whatever it is in that child, that sometimes parents don't even see. We can nurture it, celebrate it, in ways that parents sometimes just don't have time. We can bring to them the adventures from our childhood. We can weave the stories, the tapestries of family histories. We can give the richness to a child's life in the midst of the hurry and the flurry of life now. We can give the grounding force. We can also be the wind beneath their wings. It is the most fantastic job in the world, to be a grandparent. We take it seriously, but we also take it very lightly.
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Parent with a Purpose and Founder & CEO, Creative Visions Foundation

Kathy Eldon was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Wellesley College and has since worked as an art teacher, television presenter, magazine editor, journalist, media consultant and a television and film producer in Kenya, England and the United States. She has written seventeen books on a variety of subjects including Angel Catcher, a Journal of Loss and Remembrance; Soul Catcher: a Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are; and Love Catcher, a Journal to Invite more Love in Your Life, all published by Chronicle Books. The journals were co-authored with her daughter Amy, who is her partner in Creative Visions, a television and film production company.

Kathy was the Executive Producer of the 1999 Emmy nominated Turner Broadcasting two-hour documentary, Dying to tell the Story, about journalists who risk their lives to do their jobs, which was conceived of and presented by Amy Eldon. In l999 Kathy exec-produced a one-hour CNN documentary, Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade, about the Colombian children's peace movement, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Both films were distributed internationally to over 220 countries. Kathy's company also produced Lost in Africa, a family feature film distributed by Columbia Pictures internationally.

Kathy is currently producing a feature film about her son, artist and Reuters photographer Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death at the age of 22 in Somalia. In May, 2011, Kathy and Amy exec-produced, together with Julia Roberts, "Extraordinary Moms," a tribute to the power of mothers to change the world around them. Hosted by Julia Roberts, the special featured Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell and Christiane Amanpour.

Kathy edited The Journey is the Destination, a collection of Dan's journal pages which was published by Chronicle Books. Kathy and Amy are co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation, which supports "creative activists" who use media and the arts to create positive change. Over the past 10 years the foundation has incubated more than 80 projects and productions on five continents, touching the lives of more than 10 million people.

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