For the most part, we spend time with people close to us in age. Here’s why we should branch out.
In the new remake of “One Day at a Time,” Rita Moreno, 85, steals the show as a flamboyant, opinionated, and sometimes overzealous grandmother.
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.
You’ve probably heard about the latest blockbuster Disney movie and its teenaged heroine, Moana. But have you heard about her really awesome grandma?
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?
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.”
For kids, summer means freedom. These books beautifully capture that.
Let’s ditch the stereotypes and start embracing the truth instead.
A picture book about what happens when parents get out of the way.
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.
You’ll need some olive oil, a good butcher, and this recipe for Neapolitan ragù.
In this pastel by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), his wife and daughter are preparing for a visit with his mother.
I spent the final weeks of winter reading all the picture books I could find about spring. Here are my favorites. They’re simple, they’re deep, and they’re as gorgeous as the season.
Guy and Joanne Sinclair have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter got hooked on heroin.
A tribute to grandparents for Valentine’s Day.
After her husband died in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt traveled the world as a diplomat, speaker, and activist. But she was never too busy for her granddaughter.
Shouldn’t grandparents matter as much in movies as they do in real life?
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.
When her son died in 2012, Denise Villescaz “saw no light,” she says. Then, two years later, her granddaughters were born.
A quest for justice in Argentina.
“Having grandchildren expands your heart beyond all boundaries you’ve ever known,” says Elaine Dove of Tustin, Calif. “It’s like loving your children on steroids.”
Tammi Williams, whose daughter is gay, was “horrified and scared” when she and her wife decided to have a baby with the help of a male friend they barely knew. But then, Tammi says, everything changed.
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.
Isn’t it time we discarded the myths and misconceptions about grandparents and started giving them their due?
“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.”
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.
There’s not enough good art about the bond between kids and their grandparents, so I asked Rebecca Layton, an illustrator based in Austin, to create some.
Isabel Allende, a novelist with millions of readers around the world, says her grandparents shaped both her character and her career.
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.
Grandparents have been going to bat for their grandkids for hundreds of thousands of years, a new study of South American foragers suggests.
A letter from a grateful mother whose husband was deployed a dozen times.
Lisa Drayer got 40 years with her grandmother. They were never closer than at the end.
Mo Rocca hopes the grandparents on his TV show can teach him how to live.
How an infant helped her grandmother bear cancer.
A story of anguish and love.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.
A sociologist spent years interviewing grandparents who give a ton of time and money to their grandkids, often because their grown children are struggling.
“I think there should be legislation that keeps children and their offspring in the same town, but it didn’t work out that way.”
Maybe women outlive their fertility to ensure that their grandchildren thrive.
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.
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.
When he’s not writing some of the best humor and journalism of our time, Trillin spends a lot of time grandparenting.