Happy holidays to you and your families, and best wishes for a joyful 2019. In 2018, I wrote about a caravan of grandparents who stormed the Texas-Mexico border to protest Trump’s treatment of migrant children, Gabriel García Márquez’s memories of his grandmother, and many other topics. Here are my five most popular stories since the…
On a recent visit to South Africa, comedian Trevor Noah interviewed his 91-year-old grandmother, who helped raise him—and hide him—during the last years of apartheid.
The world has fallen in love with the way Janice Clark reads to her grandson.
Many immigrant parents seek to bring their own parents here to help with childcare while they toil in grueling jobs, two sociologists recently wrote in The New York Times. President Trump wants to stop them.
A zoologist who just identified a new species of frog has named it after his three-year-old granddaughter, Sylvia.
Clara Spera recently graduated from law school. Her inspiration was her grandmother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Until he was eight, Gabriel García Márquez was raised by his maternal grandparents and a bevy of aunts and servants in Aracataca, Colombia, a small town near the Caribbean Sea that he fictionalized in his most famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. “I cannot imagine a family environment more favorable to my vocation than that lunatic house,” he later wrote.
Trump’s travel ban has torn apart thousands of families. Here is the story of one of them.
At Enoteca Maria on Staten Island, the menu changes daily, and so do the chefs: they are grandmothers from all over the world.
Depression is common in Zimbabwe. Psychiatrists are not. So grandmothers are being trained to step in.
The best stories from my site and beyond in 2017.
The veteran crossing guard of Harlem.
Because of how their parents are raising them, kids will grow up to be more entitled, less disciplined, and less independent than their elders, an overwhelming majority of Australian grandparents believes.
Many kids in India are growing up far from their grandparents, so a grandma in Bangalore is using her smartphone to tell them bedtime stories.
New research suggests that our ancestors stayed safe at night thanks to the divergent sleep habits of the young and the old.
A new app will connect young people who need housing with empty-nesters who need income.
Proverbs about grandparenting from around the world.
… and more facts and figures I’ve just learned.
A new Instagram feed celebrates the Muslim grandparents in the Middle East and Africa who are now banned from visiting their grandkids in the United States.
In search of meaning, urban 20-somethings in Japan are migrating to the countryside to live with or near their grandparents.
Millions of people in Zimbabwe suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses, but the country has only 13 psychiatrists.
The hopes of a great-great-great grandmother in Kenya.
There’s a special school in a small village in India for grandmothers who want to learn to read.
Are you looking for ways to support refugees in your community and around the world?
With Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Steve Bannon headed to the White House, many of us are feeling powerless. We’re not.
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.
Grandparents are healthier than they were 30 years ago, even though they’re also older, a Canadian study has found.
Female orcas who’ve undergone menopause play a critical role in helping their extended families find food, particularly during times of scarcity, scientists have learned.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz recently shot this portrait of Queen Elizabeth, who just turned 90, with her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren.
You’ll need some olive oil, a good butcher, and this recipe for Neapolitan ragù.
As a boy, Allen Say barely knew his grandpa. As a man, he came to understand him. That’s why he created Grandfather’s Journey, a picture book for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 1994.
Would her grandma remember her? Jane Kim, 41, wasn’t sure. It had been 23 years since she’d last visited her in Korea, and she was nearly 100 years old.
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.
A quest for justice in Argentina.
Babysitting for grandkids may boost your wellbeing, but if you’re pressured into providing care, you may suffer.
“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.”
Isabel Allende, a novelist with millions of readers around the world, says her grandparents shaped both her character and her career.
Cathy Williams, 62, and her granddaughter, Chelsea Washington, both earned bachelor’s degrees this spring from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.
Grandparents have been going to bat for their grandkids for hundreds of thousands of years, a new study of South American foragers suggests.
Politicians in Britain have realized that grandparents are struggling to balance work and childcare just as parents are.
Whales need grandmas, too, it turns out.
Maybe women outlive their fertility to ensure that their grandchildren thrive.