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.
Earlier this year, I published a long story about a grandmother in Houston, Stephanie Johnson, who had lost access to her grandson after her daughter was murdered and who was fighting in court to be reunited with him. Here’s an update on Stephanie’s plight.
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.
Most movies put grandparents on the sidelines, when they put them anywhere at all. Here are some great ones that give them their due.
These books aren’t just stunningly written and illustrated. They also perceptively observe the complexities of the new American family.
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.
The Senate is considering a bill to assist the more than 2.5 million American grandparents who are raising at least one of their grandchildren.
After his parents divorced, Laird Hunt was sent to live with his grandmother, a “tough-as-nails taskmaster” with an 80-acre farm.
The best stories from my site and around the web in 2016.
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.
When she was six, Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents. Now, she’s the best gymnast in the world.
The lonely plight of “satellite babies.”
The rapper 50 Cent recalls the grandmother who raised him.
Francine Prose returns to an island she fell in love with years ago.
Alice Carter, 87, a grandmother from Boston, is halfway through a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Rabat, Morocco, where she’s volunteering at a youth center.
Guy and Joanne Sinclair have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter got hooked on heroin.
“Imagine it: During the holidays, instead of using gadgets to ignore each other, we might use them as an excuse to look each other in the eye and listen.”
Nearly three million American grandparents are raising at least one of their grandkids, but there’s hardly anywhere they can turn for support. Here are the best national resources I’ve come across.
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.
A little girl finds a home.
A new book profiles more than 50 black women who suffered brutal discrimination as children but survived to make a better life—and a better world—for their heirs.
“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.
Cathy Williams, 62, and her granddaughter, Chelsea Washington, both earned bachelor’s degrees this spring from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.
Mo Rocca hopes the grandparents on his TV show can teach him how to live.