Welcome to The Grandparent Effect

Grandparents are healthier, wealthier, and longer-lived than ever before.

What does this mean for us all?

On this site, I consider the growing importance of grandparents to their children and grandchildren.

I hope to entertain you.

And I hope to turn everything you thought you knew about grandparents upside down.

Latest articles

“Mom, Grandma, and Me”

Here’s a nice video from Zero to Three about a single mother who moved in with her own mother. Single parenthood and multigenerational households have risen in tandem in recent years.

The year in grandparents

In 2018, I wrote about a caravan of grandparents who stormed the Texas-Mexico border to protest Trump’s treatment of migrant children, Gabriel García Márquez’s memories of his grandmother, and many other topics.