Bob Townsend of Summersville, West Virginia practically grew up in the barbershop that his father opened in town during the Great Depression. Now, he owns the shop and employs his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson there.
I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.
Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.
In this extraordinary picture book, a girl’s grandfather inspires her to live well and do good.
Guy and Joanne Sinclair have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter got hooked on heroin.
Shouldn’t grandparents matter as much in movies as they do in real life?
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.
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?
Cathy Williams, 62, and her granddaughter, Chelsea Washington, both earned bachelor’s degrees this spring from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee.
… 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.
Mo Rocca hopes the grandparents on his TV show can teach him how to live.
How an infant helped her grandmother bear cancer.
Now, they’re teaching their grandkids to sing.
A story of anguish and love.
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.”
Here’s a beautiful account of the very beginning of grandmotherhood by Lois Wyse, an author and advertising executive who died in 2007 at age 80.
“We’d make tiny boats of walnut shells, line them with moss, and float them down the streams, where we were sure the fairies would climb aboard.”
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.
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.