Time was when grandparents were looked upon as those frail, kindly folks who brought cake and ice cream with every visit.
Today, with people living (and working) longer and staying active in their later years the role of grandparent has become much more dynamic. Add to that the role of babysitter for a two working parent household, and grandparents have become more important than ever.
Although healthier and more youthful appearing than in past generations, things haven't changed all that much. Grandparents are still, well...grandparents.
In fact, according to a survey by Grandparent.com, 63% grandparents still find it easier caring for grandchildren than their own kids, and a whopping 90% still love to talk about the grandchildren every chance they get. Although many grandparents still find it fun spoiling the grandkids (and then sending them home sweetened and caffeinated!) more dramatic developments in the recent past paints a darker picture.
Around the Web, get more
facts on American grandparenting with recent surveys, studies
and research showing how the role has changed over the years
together with consumer trends, spending habits, and a bit
More grandparent facts & statistic around the Web:
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren- Laws, foster care policies, census data and related info on local programs, resources and services for all 50 U.S. states courtesy of AARP.
Grandparenting Fast Facts - Get a detailed look at the changing role of grandparents over the last century with research showing the average number of grandchildren per grandparent, average age of first-time grandparents, sociological implications and benefits of grandparenting and intergenerational bonding. From the Legacy Project.
Grandparent Access Facts - Surveys and studies on the affects
that divorce or separation has on access to grandchildren,
the significant role of grandparents and psychological benefits
of maintaining close ties.