Thanks to Francie Robertson of Cascade, Montana for submitting this poem, which she wrote when her grandson Titus was a baby, his brother Jude was 2, and she was their daytime caregiver.
In the first study of its kind, a team of scientists has found that grandparents who provide regular care for their grandchildren have an edge on survival over those who don’t.
The best stories from my site and around the web in 2016.
Bob Townsend of Summersville, West Virginia practically grew up in the barbershop that his father opened in town during the Great Depression. Now, he owns the shop and employs his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson there.
The monumental stress of raising a child with autism can be eased by grandparents, who are often “ideally suited” to provide parents with support, scholars say.
A woman honors the grandparents who shaped her.
Let’s ditch the stereotypes and start embracing the truth instead.
Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.
I love the way Michelle Obama toasted her mom, who moved into the White House to help raise her granddaughters, at a Mother’s Day Tea in 2014.
A tribute to grandparents for Valentine’s Day.
When Marsha Boyer was diagnosed with cancer, she feared her grandkids would never know her. Here’s what happened next.
Her son was wounded in Iraq. But Gail Kirby has a lot to celebrate.
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.
Parents and grandparents need one another. How can they learn to get along?
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.”
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.
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.
How an infant helped her grandmother bear cancer.
Whales need grandmas, too, it turns out.
Now, they’re teaching their grandkids to sing.
A story of anguish and love.
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.
A reader in Missouri describes a transcendent moment with her grandson.
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.