The evolution of families: One-tenth of children now live with a grandparent

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  • redbaron logan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    This is not news. Fifteen years ago when I taught in a predominantly black community it was commonplace for the grandmother to raise the grandchild while the mom was off doing drugs or who knows what. She usually cleaned up her act in time to raise her grandchildren. I often had the grandmother and pastor show up for parent conferences as they were the only consistent adult influences in the child's life.

  • gramma b Orem, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    The American family isn't "evolving." That sounds like something positive. In fact, it is devolving.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Many people, a growing number perhaps, are irresponsible and never grow up. They spawn children without the benefit of marriage without thought and then let more responsible grandparents take them on. The title to this piece is misleading perhaps; "evolution" suggests not just change but improvement. I don't think we are, generally speaking, improving in this regard, though it might be better for the children to let more responsible family members take over.

    Having done quite a bit of family history the raising, by grandparents, of children born to wayward daughters, was a situation not unknown by any means but not as common as it seems to be today.I do get that other scenarios apply too, but this one seems huge.

  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Sept. 17, 2013 10:35 p.m.

    The US invented daycare, the rest of the world calls it Grandma.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Another sad statistic that also effects children is the shocking number of homes with no father. Aneye popping fact from black America is 70% of all black children born have no father in the home. Is it any wonder then why black women are left to work minimum wage jobs in near poverty trying to raise their kids and thus the grand parents get thrown into the mix as well. So what has happened to fathers in America? Hillary Clinton wrote the silly book - "It takes a village". Actually - it takes a father and mother.

  • GAmom Athens, GA
    Sept. 13, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    I lived with my grandparents for a couple years over 50 years ago. My parents were recently divorced and my mom had gone back to graduate school so she could support me. It was the most wonderful time of my life. She was always such a wonderful example to me and as i have grown I have realized what a sacrifice she made for me.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    I don't think that it would be happy days with Grandma. My wife didn't like my parents and I didn't want much to do with them ether. I thought her parents was o k at least her dad her mom was a prescription pill junky, lost in space. I wouldn't care to have any of then stay very long. You know what they say about fish and guests, They both stink after 3 days.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 11, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    I hardly find this shocking, or even disheartening. The extended multigenerational family used to be the common, not the an exception in the past. The window of single generational families is a momentary spec of time in history. There is absolutely a move back to what was a common occurrence.

    In my case it is the grand parent moved in with us. The past generation, my uncle lived with his family with my grand mother until she passed. I hope we see more of this.... and yes it takes sacrifice, but so do all really good things. If it is worth having, it is worth sacrificing for. If we truly believe in eternal families, here and now is a great place to begin. That is if you really do believe in the concept.