The Top Ten Finalists for GRAND Magazine’s GRANDparents of the year (in no particular order)
Janet Penner Nominated by Norman H. Penner, Jr.
“When our son was deployed on the Iwo Jima for a five-month humanitarian tour, there was no hesitation in answering the need of this single-father Marine to care for his four children [...]
Our g’kids are running amuck!
My daughter has gone off the deep end with her bohemian lifestyle. Her parenting skills are desperately lacking, and she has truly strange ideas about childrearing. The kids are allowed to run amuck, don’t have bedtimes or mealtimes, and they are completely vegan. She now home-schools them; therefore [...]
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is not for the faint of heart. Attending to the regular daily tasks of a caregiver is challenging enough. But as a grandparent, chances are good that your grandchildren have been asking a lot of questions about the illness, particularly when they see their loved one’s behavior change [...]
It’s not a new idea. For centuries, probably since people gathered in families and clans, it is the elders who have been the keepers of a people’s history and the teachers of the young. In old times when elders were less able to contribute their labor, they were valued because they kept the stories. These [...]
By Joan Cronk
Conceiving a child isn’t all that complicated. The sperm meets the egg, 23 chromosomes come from mom, 23 come from dad and bingo, a child is created.In 799 out of 800 births, this process comes off without a hitch and a typical child is born. It all turns [...]
Custodial grandparents are saving their grandkids from the mistakes of the parents
I’ve always thought of heroes as people who jeopardize their own lives to save others, like the firefighters of 9/11. They are the ones we read about in the newspapers who are honored with purple hearts, citations and awards. But many other heroes [...]
When you become a grandparent, your life changes forever. The first image that comes to mind is that angelic little bundle wrapped in pink or blue gazing up at you. A new life. A new little someone to spoil with time and things you couldn’t give your own children. Your second thought is “My gosh, [...]