I asked grandparents around the country what they wish they’d known—but didn’t—when their first grandchild was born. Here are some of my favorite responses.
Many stereotypes about grandparents are wrong.
On a recent visit to South Africa, comedian Trevor Noah interviewed his 91-year-old grandmother, who helped raise him—and hide him—during the last years of apartheid.
Subtly and artfully, this picture book depicts the bond between a boy who’s questioning his gender identity and his steady, open-minded grandma.
Marian Shields Robinson didn’t want to move to Washington, D.C. when her daughter, Michelle Obama, became First Lady in 2009. But her grandchildren, Sasha and Malia, were only seven and ten, and Marian was worried about them, she said in a recent interview with Gayle King of CBS This Morning.
The world has fallen in love with the way Janice Clark reads to her grandson.
Maurice Stallard was murdered in Kentucky last week while shopping with his grandson at Kroger’s. The alleged killer, who is white, likely targeted him because he was black.
A housewife from West Virginia fought for years to get a national holiday for grandparents declared. In 1978, she won.
Many immigrant parents seek to bring their own parents here to help with childcare while they toil in grueling jobs, two sociologists recently wrote in The New York Times. President Trump wants to stop them.
Earlier this year, I published a long story about a grandmother in Houston, Stephanie Johnson, who had lost access to her grandson after her daughter was murdered and who was fighting in court to be reunited with him. Here’s an update on Stephanie’s plight.
Grandparents from all over the country are road-tripping to a Texas border city this weekend to protest the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant children and their families.
A zoologist who just identified a new species of frog has named it after his three-year-old granddaughter, Sylvia.
“Buddy, don’t forget,” Laura Mellencamp told her grandson daily. “You’re the handsomest, luckiest, most talented boy in the world.”
Clara Spera recently graduated from law school. Her inspiration was her grandmother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Until he was eight, Gabriel García Márquez was raised by his maternal grandparents and a bevy of aunts and servants in Aracataca, Colombia, a small town near the Caribbean Sea that he fictionalized in his most famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. “I cannot imagine a family environment more favorable to my vocation than that lunatic house,” he later wrote.
Trump’s travel ban has torn apart thousands of families. Here is the story of one of them.
At Enoteca Maria on Staten Island, the menu changes daily, and so do the chefs: they are grandmothers from all over the world.
Kids are often closer to their maternal grandparents than to their paternal ones, research suggests, perhaps because mothers tend to maintain closer ties with their own parents than fathers do.
How a girl coaxed her grandpa back to life.
Thanks to everyone who read and commented on my in-depth story about a grandmother in Houston, Stephanie Johnson, who lost her daughter to domestic violence and is now fighting for the right to see her grandson. Here’s one comment I think everyone should see.
About 28 million women in the United States have experienced “severe” physical violence at the hands of a partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
A grieving mother seeks justice.
Most movies put grandparents on the sidelines, when they put them anywhere at all. Here are some great ones that give them their due.
Depression is common in Zimbabwe. Psychiatrists are not. So grandmothers are being trained to step in.
Children who see their grandparents at least once a week and describe these visits as “happy” are much less likely than their peers to buy into negative stereotypes about elders, a new study suggests.
These books aren’t just stunningly written and illustrated. They also perceptively observe the complexities of the new American family.
The best stories from my site and beyond in 2017.
Celebrated chef Jacques Pépin and his granddaughter, Shorey, have created a video series and a cookbook together.
The veteran crossing guard of Harlem.
A pioneering experiment in Ithaca, New York.
Because of how their parents are raising them, kids will grow up to be more entitled, less disciplined, and less independent than their elders, an overwhelming majority of Australian grandparents believes.
Americans and Canadians are spending more years as grandparents than they did a generation ago, and they’re spending them in better health—even though they’re older when their grandkids are born.
How elders in San Diego are tackling the city’s biggest problems.
Many kids in India are growing up far from their grandparents, so a grandma in Bangalore is using her smartphone to tell them bedtime stories.
“This is such a joyful place,” says a vice president of the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. “The adults bring joy to the kids, the kids bring joy to the adults.”
New research suggests that our ancestors stayed safe at night thanks to the divergent sleep habits of the young and the old.
A new app will connect young people who need housing with empty-nesters who need income.
Proverbs about grandparenting from around the world.
… and more facts and figures I’ve just learned.
In a rebuke to Trump, a federal judge in Hawaii has ruled that grandparents are “the epitome” of close family and thus cannot be banned from visiting their grandchildren in the United States.
A new Instagram feed celebrates the Muslim grandparents in the Middle East and Africa who are now banned from visiting their grandkids in the United States.
The story of a life well lived.
In search of meaning, urban 20-somethings in Japan are migrating to the countryside to live with or near their grandparents.
When she was in her mid-80s, Kusum Lele lost interest in everything. A friendship with a 24-year-old brought her back to life.
The Senate is considering a bill to assist the more than 2.5 million American grandparents who are raising at least one of their grandchildren.
For the most part, we spend time with people close to us in age. Here’s why we should branch out.
Millions of people in Zimbabwe suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses, but the country has only 13 psychiatrists.
The hopes of a great-great-great grandmother in Kenya.
Grandparents often suspect autism before parents do, but they sometimes hesitate to voice their concern, a new study reveals.
There’s a special school in a small village in India for grandmothers who want to learn to read.