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

GRANDPARENT POWER: BONDS WITH SENIORS HELP STABILIZE TEENS

A new study finds that teens who maintain close, loving relationships with their grandparents suffer fewer emotional and behavioral problems than their peers.

And teens who also get along with their parents seem to benefit the most from being close to their grandparents, the study suggests.

“Grandparents are often seen as performing a useful role when parents and teens aren’t getting along. This study suggests grandparents also can complement good relationships between parents and teens.”

The Wall Street Journal • August 31, 2015

FLINT CHANCELLOR CREATES SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF GRANDMOTHER WHO RAISED HER

Susan Borrego, a university chancellor, was raised by her grandmother in Detroit.

Susan Borrego, a university chancellor, was raised by her grandmother in Detroit. Photo by Mike Naddeo.

When Susan Borrego was a kid, she saw a man sleeping in a burned out building and pointed him out to her grandmother.

“She pulled the car over and said to me, ‘You may be more fortunate because you have something to eat and you have a place to live, but you will never be better than anyone. Being more fortunate does not make you better.’”

Susan’s grandma raised her and her brother while working full-time in a machine shop in Detroit. She died in 1997.

Susan is now the chancellor of the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.

“And there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not aware that I’m her granddaughter and that she taught me to read and much of what I practice as a chancellor is what she taught me.”

MLive • August 28, 2015

A beautiful thing happened when I came out to my grandparents

Photo from Amanda Hite's Facebook page.

Amanda Hite is a founder of BTC Revolutions, a marketing company. Photo from Facebook.

Amanda Hite was anxious about coming out to her grandparents, but late one New Year’s Eve, after drinking a lot of Prosecco with her grandma, she got up the courage to try.

Huffington Post • September 13, 2015

“LONG AND ROUGH” ROAD IS A BLESSING FOR JACKSONVILLE NANA RAISING TWO GRANDCHILDREN

Sherry Holmes, 66, with one of the granddaughters she’s raising. Photo by the Times-Union.

The day Sherry Holmes lost a daughter, she became a mother again.

The Florida Times-Union • September 9, 2015

Pendleton grandmother skydives along with grandson

Carolyn Stoll had always wanted to try skydiving, and as a little boy, her grandson, Brenden, said that someday, he’d try it with her.

Finally, this summer, Carolyn, 84, decided it was time.

Brenden, a college student, was surprised but game. So earlier this month, they took the leap.

Niagra Gazette • September 21, 2015