The best stories from my site and around the web in 2016.
Grandparents are healthier, wealthier, and longer-lived than ever before. What does this mean for us all?
The lonely plight of “satellite babies.”
Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.
Isn’t it time we discarded the myths and misconceptions about grandparents and started giving them their due?
Babysitting for grandkids may boost your wellbeing, but if you’re pressured into providing care, you may suffer.
There are a lot of good reasons to move closer to your grandkids. Then again, there are some good reasons to stay where you are. I asked some grandparents who made the move what happened next.
Chinese Americans often devote long hours to their grandchildren, but many of them experience this as a burden, a new study reveals.
Cathy Williams, 62, and her granddaughter, Chelsea Washington, both earned bachelor’s degrees this spring from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.
A letter from a grateful mother whose husband was deployed a dozen times.
Politicians in Britain have realized that grandparents are struggling to balance work and childcare just as parents are.
How a woman who never had kids became a grandma.
A sociologist spent years interviewing grandparents who give a ton of time and money to their grandkids, often because their grown children are struggling.
A reader in Missouri describes a transcendent moment with her grandson.
Maybe women outlive their fertility to ensure that their grandchildren thrive.
A grandmother in Oklahoma finds babysitting both magical and tiring.
If you have to bring your kids along on business trips, it helps to bring their grandma, too.
My sister’s family tried living at my parents’ house. Chaos ensued.
Instead of just spoiling their grandchildren, many grandmothers now make significant contributions to their daily care, says Madonna Harrington Meyer, a sociologist at Syracuse.
When he’s not writing some of the best humor and journalism of our time, Trillin spends a lot of time grandparenting.