Do Something Grand With Grandparents

— Written By Eleanor Summers and last updated by

Today’s grandparents have many roles with their grandchildren. Some grandparents provide care on a regular basis when the child’s parents aren’t available; others are great playmates with their grandchildren or what many may think of as traditional grandparents

Grandparenting is an opportunity to play, to ‘fall in love’ again, and to appreciate the magic of a developing mind. Grandparents can share the things they are passionate about with family members; see the world in a new way through younger eyes; and experience music, nature, reading, gardening, theater, or other interests in conjunction with a curious mind.

An emerging role that some grandparents find themselves in is raising their grandchildren. According to the latest U. S. Census American Community Survey, 2017 grandparents in Burke County live with their own grandchildren under 18 years of age. Approximately 53 percent of these grandparents have primary responsibility for the care of the grandchildren. Cooperative Extension has programs nationally focused on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

National Grandparents Day will be celebrated on September 8th. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The impetus for National Grandparents Day originated in 1970 with Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife. Her primary motive was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. More information may be found on grandparents-day.com and grandparentsday.org.

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Photo of Eleanor SummersEleanor SummersExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (828) 439-4460 eleanor_summers@ncsu.eduBurke County, North Carolina
Posted on Sep 4, 2013
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