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:
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.
The globetrotting First Lady was never too busy for her granddaughter Nina, who considered her “the most important person in my life.”
Guy and Joanne Sinclair have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter got hooked on heroin.
When she was six, Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents. Now, she’s the best gymnast in the world.
What it’s like to join the Peace Corps at age 86.
I also enjoyed many stories that other journalists reported about grandparents this year. Here are my 5 favorites:
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
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
Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.
CBS Sunday Morning • April 3
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
Grandparents and grandchildren need one another, so parents shouldn’t stand in the way, says grandmother and journalist Connie Schultz.
Creators Syndicate • June 29