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.

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 beginning of the year:

 5. DOES HOW OFTEN YOU SEE YOUR GRANDKIDS AFFECT HOW LONG YOU LIVE? 

In the first study of its kind, a team of scientists has found that grandparents who provide regular care for their grandchildren have an edge on survival over those who don’t. 

January 5

4. WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN THEN? 

I asked longtime grandparents what they wish they’d known when their first grandchild was born. 

December 3

3. TRUMP THINKS THIS GRANDMA IS A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY

Trump’s travel ban has torn apart thousands of families, including this Iranian one. 

May 6

2. “I WAS WORRIED ABOUT MY GRANDKIDS”

Michelle Obama’s mother tells all. 

November 27

1. SHE LOST HER DAUGHTER TO MURDER. WILL HER GRANDSON BE TAKEN FROM HER, TOO?

A quest for justice in Texas. 

March 13


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

5. INSIDE THE NYC RESTAURANT WHERE GRANDMOTHERS COOK THE FOOD OF THEIR HOMELANDS

At Enoteca Maria on Staten Island, the menu changes daily, and so do the chefs: they are grandmothers from all over the world.

Good Morning America • April 26

4. GRANDFATHER MAKES INCREDIBLE HALLOWEEN COSTUME FOR 5-YEAR-OLD WITH A WHEELCHAIR 

Blake Mompher loves school buses, so his grandfather designed a cardboard one to fit over his chair. 

USA Today • October 22

3. THE IMMIGRANT GRANDPARENTS AMERICA NEEDS

Many immigrant parents seek to bring their own parents here to help with childcare, but President Trump wants to stop them. 

The New York Times • August 20

2. RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S GRANDDAUGHTER: “YOU KNOW HER AS THE NOTORIOUS RBG, BUT SHE’S BUBBIE TO ME”

Clara Spera recently graduated from law school. Her inspiration was her grandmother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Glamour • May 4

1. GRANDMA FAYE MORGAN, 81, MAKES LIGHT WORK OF TWO SNAKES

When a father and son in Brisbane, Australia saw a python slither into their backyard grill, they knew exactly whom to call.

The Courier-Mail • August 27