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…
Marian Shields Robinson didn’t want to move to Washington, D.C. when her daughter, Michelle Obama, became First Lady in 2009. But her grandchildren, Sasha and Malia, were only seven and ten, and Marian was worried about them, she said in a recent interview with Gayle King of CBS This Morning.
Trump’s travel ban has torn apart thousands of families. Here is the story of one of them.
A grieving mother seeks justice.
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.
All the Girl Scouts troops in her California town were full, so Kathy Richardson started a new one for her granddaughter and her friends.
Grandparents are healthier, wealthier, and longer-lived than ever before. What does this mean for us all?
The lonely plight of “satellite babies.”
A woman honors the grandparents who shaped her.
Let’s ditch the stereotypes and start embracing the truth instead.
Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.
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.
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.
Children who live with a single mother and at least one grandparent fare just as well as children who live with both parents, research shows.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese Americans often devote long hours to their grandchildren, but many of them experience this as a burden, a new study reveals.
A letter from a grateful mother whose husband was deployed a dozen times.
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.
Lisa Drayer got 40 years with her grandmother. They were never closer than at the end.
How an infant helped her grandmother bear cancer.
Now, they’re teaching their grandkids to sing.
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.”
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.
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.