From Mum to Granny
Help I’m a Grandparent
Gone are the days of grannies as grey-haired ladies who knit blankets, nowadays half of British grandparents are under 65. Becoming a grandparent can be an incredibly rewarding and happy experience. However, it isn’t always without its challenges. Here we look at what being a grandparent might involve, tips for new grandparents, and general advice on this major milestone.
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What’s it like to become a grandparent? What it’s like to have that big shift in identity – mother to grandmother – and how they manage to be supportive, but not over-bearing. So much has changed since they last had babies, so does that present a problem when giving advice to their daughters?Play
Asked to describe your grandparents, you may conjure fond childhood memories of trips to the park or going round for your favourite dinner after school. You may live just around the corner and see your grandparents daily or they might be a welcome voice on the phone, brightening your day from afar. Elaine Chong discovers just why it is that grandparents matter so much to us and she finds out what happens when grandparents step in to raise their grandchildren.Play
Being a grandparent is a major milestone in the journey of life. For those who have taken years to learn how to parent, becoming a grandparent requires a completely different set of rules, and often times, the ability to readjust as the family dynamics change. It’s important to understand these unwritten rules in order to maximise your joy in grandparenting, as well as maintaining a loving and fulfilling intergenerational family life.
After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House or interviewing heads of state. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to investigate it, so using her 60 Minutes skills, she explored how grand mothering changes a woman’s life.Watch
With the children out of the way, Flic Everett was looking forward to enjoying her empty nest. Then she found out she was going to be a grandmother – at only 42.Read Article
Congratulations, you’re a grandparent! It’s a big deal – and an event you may have been anticipating for a long time. But this transition brings challenges as well as joy. Here are seven tips to help you avoid common new-grandparent pitfalls and handle your role with flair and grace. Melanie Haiken for BabyCenterRead Article
Don’t act jealous of the other grandparents – and stick to the parents’ rules when you’re looking after the children … mostly. Flic Everitt for the Guardian.Read Article
Brimming with useful content Gransnet is the busiest social networking site for the over 50s.Read More
Help I’m a Granny
Help! I’m a Granny is an essential guide for all new grandmothers, which takes a humorous look at everything you need to know, from texting your first baby pictures to coping with competitive mums at the nursery gates and from how to Skype a bedtime story to what to do when you never learned to knit.Read More