Grandparents Week brings to mind those grandparents who are playing a special role - those who are living in multigenerational households and/or raising grandchildren by themselves. These grandparents go the extra mile to be there for their grandkids. Here's a roundup of new research, resources and supports for grandfamilies.
We're wrapping up Grandparents Week with a look at how to be a hip (dare I say "cool?") grandparent. This seemed appropriate because National Grandparents Day (the first Sunday after Labor Day) was created largely because of one amazingly hip grandmother, Marian McQuade of West Virginia. She wasn't a sit-on-your-hands grandma. She advocated for recognizing the significant contributions of grandparents all the way to Washington, D.C. In 1978,Congress passed legislation and President Jimmy Carter signed a presidential proclamation designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. You rock, Marian.
This Grandparents Week, I've been thinking about classic TV grandparents. Although there are many, here are 6 shows I loved to watch in prime-time or in syndication as reruns when I was a kid - and still do! As these stir up your memories, please share your favorites in the comments section below.
As a consultant and expert in aging and family issues with more than 30 years experience working with grandparents, I recently had the great pleasure of writing a report for the MetLife Mature Market Institute in conjunction with Generations United. The report, " Grandparents Investing in Grandchildren: The MetLife Study on How Grandparents Share Their Time, Values, and Money ," indicates that today's grandparents continue to provide care for grandchildren, offer advice and moral support, and provide financial assistance - sometimes to the detriment of their own financial security.
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