The September 2008 issue of Metro Parent has an article about how the role of grandparents has changed in contemporary society. According to AARP:
* 1 in 12 children lives in a home headed by a grandparent,
* In Michigan, 5.5% of children live with a grandparent-caregiver,
* 73% of custodial grandparents are under the age of 60,
* 33% live in a home without the grandchild(ren)’s parent, and
* 14% live in poverty.
- Of the 70,044 grandparents who are raising their grandchildren …
55% are white
36% are African American
4% are Hispanic/Latino
1% are Asian
Of course, all grandparents — no matter how much time you spend with your grandchildren — play a vital role in the lives of their children’s children. Their experience, patience … and humor adds perspective and balance to our own parenting efforts.
It wasn’t until I became a parent myself that I fully began to appreciate my own mother who, as my father often says, was “Born to be a grandmother.” When Craig and I decided to foster-adopt Christopher and Sarah, my parents (who already had seven grandchildren) told us, “You bring ’em to us, we’ll love ’em.”
And they have. Happy Grandparents’ Day, Mom and Dad!