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…
Many stereotypes about grandparents are wrong.
A housewife from West Virginia fought for years to get a national holiday for grandparents declared. In 1978, she won.
How a girl coaxed her grandpa back to life.
A grieving mother seeks justice.
Most movies put grandparents on the sidelines, when they put them anywhere at all. Here are some great ones that give them their due.
Depression is common in Zimbabwe. Psychiatrists are not. So grandmothers are being trained to step in.
Children who see their grandparents at least once a week and describe these visits as “happy” are much less likely than their peers to buy into negative stereotypes about elders, a new study suggests.
The best stories from my site and beyond in 2017.
The veteran crossing guard of Harlem.
Americans and Canadians are spending more years as grandparents than they did a generation ago, and they’re spending them in better health—even though they’re older when their grandkids are born.
“This is such a joyful place,” says a vice president of the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. “The adults bring joy to the kids, the kids bring joy to the adults.”
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.
In search of meaning, urban 20-somethings in Japan are migrating to the countryside to live with or near their grandparents.
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.
Grandparents often suspect autism before parents do, but they sometimes hesitate to voice their concern, a new study reveals.
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.
In this inspiring video from The New York Times, a dozen or so Americans over 85 offer advice on surviving and thriving in old age.
Older adults in the United States enjoy greater well-being than younger ones, but they’re faring far better in some states than in others, according to a recent survey.
In a beautiful essay, the novelist Ann Patchett recalls how she moved back to her hometown—Nashville, Tennessee—when she was 30, largely to care for her grandmother.
Melanie Salazar, 18, just started her first year at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, where her grandpa, Rene Neira, is completing his associate’s degree.
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.
Grandparents are healthier than they were 30 years ago, even though they’re also older, a Canadian study has found.
The lonely plight of “satellite babies.”
Reflections of a first-time grandmother.
Guy and Joanne Sinclair have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter got hooked on heroin.
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.
Grandparents matter in profound, enduring, and sometimes unexpected ways. That’s what I learned from these recordings, which were made by three American families for the oral history project StoryCorps.
“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.
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.
A new study finds that teens who maintain close, loving relationships with their grandparents suffer fewer emotional and behavioral problems than their peers.
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.
“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.”
A little girl finds a home.
Maybe I would have made it through my 20s without him. But, to be honest, I can’t imagine how.
Parents and grandparents need one another. How can they learn to get along?
Chinese Americans often devote long hours to their grandchildren, but many of them experience this as a burden, a new study reveals.
Isabel Allende, a novelist with millions of readers around the world, says her grandparents shaped both her character and her career.
A letter from a grateful mother whose husband was deployed a dozen times.
… and other things my grandma taught me.
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.
Mo Rocca hopes the grandparents on his TV show can teach him how to live.
How an infant helped her grandmother bear cancer.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.