The woman with 10,000 grandkids

Every day, I read what journalists around the world are reporting about grandparents and their families. Here are some stories that gripped me recently.

Telling bedtime stories to 10,000 grandchildren

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.

“I choose funny, humorous stories which will give children some moral and make them good citizens in the world,” says Sarla Minni, who calls herself “Kahaniwali Naani” (“Storytelling Granny” in Hindi) and has attracted 10,000 subscribers to her podcast since launching it in March.

“Now I am filling this void and the children are feeling as if they have really got a Naani.”

BBC • September 11, 2017

Grandparenting is the joy that keeps on giving

“Grandparents are like a roving band of crazies who have seen one too many eclipses, mutter to themselves and are capable of bursting into song at any moment,” according to columnist and grandpa Herb Benham.

The Bakersfield Californian • September 8, 2017

The back-to-school blues

A grandpa laments the passage of time as his eldest grandkid begins kindergarten.

The Globe and Mail • August 31, 2017

Final Cut

For decades, Calvin Trillin has been making funny home movies with his children and grandchildren at the family’s summer home in Nova Scotia.

This summer, he set out to write the final script.

The New Yorker • September 11, 2017

Why my grandmother is my perfect travel companion

Hannah Woodhead of Yorkshire, England has been traveling abroad with her grandmother since she was 14 and her parents were divorcing.

“With Grandma, there’s no expectation, no need for me to put on a front,” she writes.

The Telegraph • August 17, 2017