Monday, September 2, 2013

Great-Grandparents Raising Children: A Tribute (Video 2:42)

Imagine being parents again after 65 years of marriage. While it is common now to read about the millions of grandparents raising children, very little is mentioned about great-grandparents in similar circumstances during their golden years. Great-grandparents accepting a responsibility of this magnitude are presented with many challenges legally, financially, physically, and mentally. They need support from the larger community in the form of education regarding available resources, respite care, and assistance with general problem solving. The AARP Grandparents Information Center is one resource.

The Cooks are great-grandparents who accepted the commitment and sacrifices of raising their great-grandson who is now an adult. They have reached that amazing stage where they can look back on their wonderful accomplishment with great pride, knowing they saved his life “like a seatbelt.”

Frances Shani Parker, Author
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  1. My mother is instrumental in the daily lives of her great grandchildren. This video reminds us how wonderful it is to have great grandparents and grandparents to watch over children, when their parents are lacking in their responsibility to raise their children, for whatever the reason may be.

  2. Thanks for writing. These older adults taking on such major challenges during their golden years deserve so much praise for the outstanding jobs they are doing. They are wonderful role models for all of us.

  3. I can't imagine what it would be like to start raising a child as a great-grandparent. Bless those that do. They are saving lives.

  4. I absolutely loved this video. Thank you for sharing it.

  5. I have loved watching and sharing it through the years myself.

  6. That is a very moving video. It reinforces my life's mission of helping promote inter-generational bonding and building a family narrative that spans generations. There is no need to wait for a tramautic experience to do it. Everyone wins when we all make an effort to hear each other's stories.

    1. You are so right. It really does take a village to raise a child.
      "To the world you may be one person. But, to one person, you may be the world." Anonymous