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Happy Grandparents Day

I am a baby boomer. I am also a grandmother. Today has been designated as a special day for me and millions of others who walk in similar shoes. This is Grandparents’ Day

Grandparent's Day is celebrated in September, on the first Sunday following Labor Day. The idea to create the special day was originated by a woman named Marian McQuade. The West Virginia homemaker and mother of 15 children believed there should be a day to celebrate and honor the lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to encourage grandchildren to inherit the wisdom and heritage from their grandparents.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter made it a national holiday. National Grandparents Day was first celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 1979.

Some Grandparent facts:

According to the Census Bureau, there are 6.1 million grandparents who have children under 18-years-old living with them. I am a part of that statistic.

Thirty percent of all children are cared for by grandparents whose parents work outside the home.

The average age of a boomer grandparent is 53.4 years old.

Data shows nearly 40 percent of boomers are grandparents. In real numbers, that translates to roughly 30 million.

More than three-quarters (76.5 percent) of boomer grandparents own their homes, and 46.4 percent generate more than $50,000 in household income.

So, if you’re reading this and you’re a grandparent, Happy Grandparents Day and may God continue to give you the strength to persevere.


Betty Lynch said…
Happy Grandparents Day Beverly!


Pam Archer said…
I long to be a grandparent. I love children. For now, I am content to be Drew's special Aunt Pam.

Happy Grandparents Day!
Terry said…
Guess I'm still not too old to learn. Being from West Virginia I knew Mother's Day started in Grafton, must have forgot about this one. Great blog!

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