The year in grandparents

Best wishes for a happy 2017!

In 2016, I wrote 51 stories, some of which were more popular than others. Here are the 5 that got the most clicks:

5. What if every classroom had a grandparent?

An army of grandparents is being recruited to serve in the public schools of Syracuse, New York, where too many students have been getting suspended and too few have been graduating.

May 7

4. What Eleanor Roosevelt gave her granddaughter

The globetrotting First Lady was never too busy for her granddaughter Nina, who considered her “the most important person in my life.”

January 25

3. “This is not the way we thought our lives would be”

Guy and Joanne Sinclair have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter got hooked on heroin.

February 19

2. The grandparents who raised an Olympic champion

When she was six, Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents. Now, she’s the best gymnast in the world.

August 11

1. The amazing adventures of Alice Carter

What it’s like to join the Peace Corps at age 86.

April 6


I also enjoyed many stories that other journalists reported about grandparents this year. Here are my 5 favorites:

5. Rosie the Riveter grandma inspires NASA granddaughter

Amanda Stubblefield, an engineer for the International Space Station, never doubted that she could work in the aerospace field: her grandma had paved the way.

The Tennessean • April 3 

4. This teen girl and her 82-year-old grandpa are going to college together

Melanie Salazar, 18, just started her first year at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, where her grandpa, Rene Neira, is completing his associate’s degree.

CBS News • August 30

3. Boomer grandparents play mom and dad part-time

Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.

CBS Sunday Morning • April 3

2. 11 grandmas make up new unit of Charleston Police Department

Eleven women who were once victims of domestic violence have been sworn into the new “Grandma Unit” of a West Virginia police department.

WCHS • December 20

1. It’s summer, the season for grandparents

Grandparents and grandchildren need one another, so parents shouldn’t stand in the way, says grandmother and journalist Connie Schultz.

Creators Syndicate • June 29