I asked grandparents around the country what they wish they’d known—but didn’t—when their first grandchild was born. Here are some of my favorite responses.
These books aren’t just stunningly written and illustrated. They also perceptively observe the complexities of the new American family.
Proverbs about grandparenting from around the world.
… and more facts and figures I’ve just learned.
The story of a life well lived.
For the most part, we spend time with people close to us in age. Here’s why we should branch out.
After his parents divorced, Laird Hunt was sent to live with his grandmother, a “tough-as-nails taskmaster” with an 80-acre farm.
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, wealthier, and longer-lived than ever before. What does this mean for us all?
Contrary to popular belief, Americans are nearly as likely today as they were in 1950 to live in a multigenerational household, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
The lonely plight of “satellite babies.”
Let’s ditch the stereotypes and start embracing the truth instead.
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.
More and more older Americans are giving money to their children and grandchildren, and the amount they’re giving is rising.
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.
Parents and grandparents need one another. How can they learn to get along?
“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.
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.
Mo Rocca hopes the grandparents on his TV show can teach him how to live.
How an infant helped her grandmother bear cancer.
A sociologist spent years interviewing grandparents who give a ton of time and money to their grandkids, often because their grown children are struggling.
Maybe women outlive their fertility to ensure that their grandchildren thrive.
My sister’s family tried living at my parents’ house. Chaos ensued.
A tribute to my dad’s father, whom I lost way too early.
Instead of just spoiling their grandchildren, many grandmothers now make significant contributions to their daily care, says Madonna Harrington Meyer, a sociologist at Syracuse.