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5 ways life has changed for grandmas

Posted: May 16, 2014 6:15 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2014 6:15 p.m.
 


Grandmas are no longer as cookie cutter as in years past. Recent reports and articles from across the Web have pinpointed a cultural shift for grandparents. In fact, many older women are having kids, which shows that even the idea of who is a grandma might be changing.

Here’s a look at ways grandmas are not who they used to be.
1. Being a flower girl
Marguaz Laskey wrote for The New York Times last week that grandmas are getting a new role at weddings, instead of just sitting idly by and watching. They’re actually becoming flower girls and playing a major role in the wedding ceremonies. “She is truly one of my best friends,” Jenny Illes Wood told the Times. “I share my successes with her. I’ve cried on her shoulder during breakups. I seek her advice in everything. She’s been with me in every stage in my relationship with Jon.”

2. Raising kids … again
Grandmas are getting an increased role in the home, too, as many have had to look after their grandkids, wrote Meredith Rutland for the Florida Times-Union. In fact, more than 2.6 million kids are being raised by their grandparents for a number of different reasons. “Addiction and mental illness are the biggest factors that keep a parent from being capable of caring for a child. Incarceration or military deployment also play a role,” the Times-Union reported.

3. Playing with hedge funds
While the target market for exchange-traded funds is for investors, a new system has made it easier for grandmas to get involved, too, according to Financial Post. “If your grandmother wants to bet her savings on a bundle of credit derivatives, it’ll be easy for her to do so through a new swath of exchange-traded funds,” FP reported.

4. Throwing the first pitch
America’s pastime is now getting a little elderly influence. Last Sunday, 101-year-old Kitty Cohen threw out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game, People magazine reported. She practiced for over a month. “With throwing the first pitch off her bucket list, Cohen will return to her busy life of raising money for charity, playing Scrabble, going for long walks, reading and attending dance lessons,” People reported.

5. Running for office?
Hillary Clinton is being picked as a potential president candidate for 2016. And she’s a grandma. And this may be beneficial for her campaign, writes Haley Sweetland Edwards for Time magazine. “Being a grandma,” Edwards wrote, “is now often used as a shorthand for a politician’s competence, compassion, and a commitment to her family — an image that sells well to liberals and conservatives alike.”

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