The legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead was homeschooled for most of her childhood by her grandmother, an iconoclast who rejected rote instruction as “stultifying” and emphasized learning by doing instead.
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.
“Having grandchildren expands your heart beyond all boundaries you’ve ever known,” says Elaine Dove of Tustin, Calif. “It’s like loving your children on steroids.”
A new study finds that teens who maintain close, loving relationships with their grandparents suffer fewer emotional and behavioral problems than their peers.
It’s not important that children know about nature, Rachel Carson believed; what matters is that they delight in it. But they won’t unless they’re shown the way, she warned.
Isn’t it time we discarded the myths and misconceptions about grandparents and started giving them their due?
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.
A virtuoso celebrates his grandpa.
A little girl finds a home.
Kay Falvey, 89, presides joyfully over a massive clan.
Parents and grandparents need one another. How can they learn to get along?
Mary Cassatt painted this portrait of her mother, nephew, and nieces on a family vacation near Paris in the summer of 1880.
A grandma in Massachusetts saves “every single thing” her granddaughters scribble, paint, sculpt, and glue.
“It’s important to remember the White House is such a bizarre place,” says the author of a recent book on the Obamas. “I think Mrs. Robinson acts as a calming presence.”
A poem by David McCord (1897-1997).
Chinese Americans often devote long hours to their grandchildren, but many of them experience this as a burden, a new study reveals.
A.J. Jacobs, a journalist and bestselling author, thinks he can build a family tree for all of humanity. Here’s what he told me about his project, his grandparents, and his most famous ancestor.
A letter from a grateful mother whose husband was deployed a dozen times.
… and other things my grandma taught me.
Whales need grandmas, too, it turns out.
A story of anguish and love.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.
What if you’re an ocean apart from your grandkids?
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.
My grandfather must have liked this one.
“We’d make tiny boats of walnut shells, line them with moss, and float them down the streams, where we were sure the fairies would climb aboard.”
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.