“Buddy, don’t forget,” Laura Mellencamp told her grandson daily. “You’re the handsomest, luckiest, most talented boy in the world.”
Kids are often closer to their maternal grandparents than to their paternal ones, research suggests, perhaps because mothers tend to maintain closer ties with their own parents than fathers do.
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.
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.
Celebrated chef Jacques Pépin and his granddaughter, Shorey, have created a video series and a cookbook together.
How elders in San Diego are tackling the city’s biggest problems.
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.
Proverbs about grandparenting from around the world.
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.
For the most part, we spend time with people close to us in age. Here’s why we should branch out.
When she was dumped by her boyfriend, Awanthi Vardaraj thought her heart would never heal. Then her grandma coaxed her into the kitchen.
Thanks to Francie Robertson of Cascade, Montana for submitting this poem, which she wrote when her grandson Titus was a baby, his brother Jude was 2, and she was their daytime caregiver.
After his parents divorced, Laird Hunt was sent to live with his grandmother, a “tough-as-nails taskmaster” with an 80-acre farm.
In the new remake of “One Day at a Time,” Rita Moreno, 85, steals the show as a flamboyant, opinionated, and sometimes overzealous grandmother.
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?
With Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Steve Bannon headed to the White House, many of us are feeling powerless. We’re not.
All the Girl Scouts troops in her California town were full, so Kathy Richardson started a new one for her granddaughter and her friends.
I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.
Three generations, one road trip.
When she was six, Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents. Now, she’s the best gymnast in the world.
Grandparents and grandchildren need one another, so parents shouldn’t stand in the way, says grandmother and journalist Connie Schultz.
The rapper 50 Cent recalls the grandmother who raised him.
For kids, summer means freedom. These books beautifully capture that.
Francine Prose returns to an island she fell in love with years ago.
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.
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.
What it’s like to join the Peace Corps at age 86.
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.
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.
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.
This time of year, I always think of my grandma Mia, who made me feel safe, special, and loved for 22 years.
When Marsha Boyer was diagnosed with cancer, she feared her grandkids would never know her. Here’s what happened next.
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.
“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.”
A new study finds that teens who maintain close, loving relationships with their grandparents suffer fewer emotional and behavioral problems than their peers.
“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.
Kay Falvey, 89, presides joyfully over a massive clan.
Mary Walker and her 17-year-old grandson are taking swimming lessons together at a pool in Tulsa, Okla.
Parents and grandparents need one another. How can they learn to get along?
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.
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin has some ideas.
“I think there should be legislation that keeps children and their offspring in the same town, but it didn’t work out that way.”
When he’s not writing some of the best humor and journalism of our time, Trillin spends a lot of time grandparenting.