Can a grandma stand in for a dad?

Every day, I read what journalists around the world are reporting about grandparents and their families. Here are some stories that gripped me recently.

WHEN RAISING KIDS, HOW MUCH DOES A SPOUSE MATTER?

Children who live with a single mother and at least one grandparent fare just as well as children who live with both parents, research shows.

And a subset of these kids—those whose mothers were never married—do even better than kids who live with both parents.

“Researchers do not yet know for sure why the children of single parents in multigenerational households do even better than the children living with only their married parents. Perhaps it’s because they have a mini-version of the village that it takes to raise a child, all under one roof.”

The Washington Post • October 9, 2015

TODAY’S MULTIGENERATIONAL LIVING: CONDO UNITS IN THE SAME BUILDING

Photo by the Star-Tribune.

Rozlyn Gerber, 2, with her parents (left) and grandfather (right) in their building’s elevator. Photo by the Star Tribune.

Two-year-old Rozlyn Gerber lives with her parents on the second floor of a condo building in Minneapolis.

Her grandparents live 34 stories skyward.

Rozlyn’s parents and grandparents wanted to live close to one another—but not too close—so they bought separate units in the same high-rise.

“My husband works two-thirds time, and I volunteer twice a week, so we have time to have fun with our family,” says Rozlyn’s grandmother, Susie Kuller, 63.

“You know that sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ with those in-laws barging in all the time? It’s nothing like that,” says Rozlyn’s mother, Betsy Kuller, 32, who works in the corporate office of Best Buy. “They’re very respectful of our space.”

Still, Betsy says, her parents are eager to help out when they’re needed.

“I can run out on a short errand without having to line up sitting; they love to have her come up.”

The Star Tribune • October 24, 2015

THE UPPER EAST SIDE: CONVENIENT TO GRANDCHILD

Photo by The New York Times.

Bill and Bess Gold with their granddaughter in Manhattan. Both are retired doctors in Minneapolis. Photo by The New York Times.

Bill and Bess Gold divorced long ago. But when it comes to their granddaughter, they’re still a team.

The New York Times • October 15, 2015