Though Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, he was “a spirited, joyous, uproarious, and happy boy,” thanks to his grandma, who raised and protected him.
I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.
Grandparents are healthier, wealthier, and longer-lived than ever before. What does this mean for us all?
When she was six, Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents. Now, she’s the best gymnast in the world.
Grandparents and grandchildren need one another, so parents shouldn’t stand in the way, says grandmother and journalist Connie Schultz.
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.
Her son was wounded in Iraq. But Gail Kirby has a lot to celebrate.
Tammi Williams, whose daughter is gay, was “horrified and scared” when she and her wife decided to have a baby with the help of a male friend they barely knew. But then, Tammi says, everything changed.
Isn’t it time we discarded the myths and misconceptions about grandparents and started giving them their due?
“Standing at one remove from the new partnership, and all the hue and cry the blending of a family can involve, they have the potential to play a unique role for the stepgrandchild—part grandparent, part wise, trusted confidante.”
Parents and grandparents need one another. How can they learn to get along?
Mo Rocca hopes the grandparents on his TV show can teach him how to live.
Now, they’re teaching their grandkids to sing.
A sociologist spent years interviewing grandparents who give a ton of time and money to their grandkids, often because their grown children are struggling.
These books aren’t just stunningly written and illustrated. They also get the new American family.
“I think there should be legislation that keeps children and their offspring in the same town, but it didn’t work out that way.”
Instead of just spoiling their grandchildren, many grandmothers now make significant contributions to their daily care, says Madonna Harrington Meyer, a sociologist at Syracuse.