Why We Shouldn’t Need a ‘GrandRally’

Soapbox alert. I’m neither a parent nor a grandparent. But I have parents and had grandparents, so for the sake of this blog post, that makes me an expert. Now, every few years child advocacy and grandparenting organizations gather on the west front of the U.S. Capitol to remind members of Congress that, well, to put it bluntly, they’re failing to adequately protect and help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Inside E Street Highlights Grandparents

I recently had the pleasure of joining my long-time friend and colleague Jaia Peterson Lent, Deputy Executive Director at Generations United, for a discussion on AARP’s TV show, Inside E Street which provides a civil look at issues critical to Americans. We talked about a topic we both feel very passionate about: grandparents. Inside E Street’s host, Lark McCarthy, was fabulous (I remember watching her on the local DC TV station so it was great to meet her in person!). In this segment, Grandparents on …

Grandfamilies: Top Research Topics

I co-presented at a session, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Preliminary Results of a National Survey on Research and Practice” here at the American Society on Aging’s “Aging in America” conference in San Francisco, along with Deb Whitley from GSU and Andrea Smith from WMU. We were so pleased that we had a good representation of the next generation of researchers and practitioners at our session – undergraduate and graduate students. They are the future. They are the people who will be taking …

Support for Grandparents

Here in San Francisco at the American Society on Aging annual conference, “Aging in America,” I co-led a peer group session around grandparenting today, along with my friend Donna Butts, the Executive Director of Generations United. The highlight for me was meeting new people and seeing old friends…and getting fired up by their enthusiasm. A few of my inspired colleagues shared what they were up to: Ed Martinez, from a San Diego Health Center told us about recently meeting several grandparents …