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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Did you know that Grandparents represent one-third of the population of the United States? There are 70 million of them! Their numbers are increasing with nearly 1.7 million new grandparents being added each year!
Here are some fascinating statistics about Grandparents:
- 72% think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their lives.
- 90% enjoy talking about their grandchildren to just about anyone!
- 75% of grandparents are online
- 45% use social media
- 62% have provided financial support to their adult children and grandchildren. They spend $52 billion every year on their grandkids alone!
- 60% live close to their grandchildren
- 38% wish they could live closer
- 72% take care of their grandchildren on a regular basis and 13% are primary caregivers
- 43% exercise or play sports
- 28% volunteer on a regular basis
These statistics provide a general overview of the "typical" grandparent in America. Like everything else in life, personal circumstances will result in the experience being different for everyone. Some may find themselves battling a chronic illness or even a terminal diagnosis. Some may be financially unable to support themselves and finding it difficult to provide for their basic needs. Some are very lonely and dealing with the loss of a spouse and struggle to be engaged in life outside of their homes.
Whatever your personal situation, regardless of the circumstances, you can make an impact on the lives of your grandkids. One researcher found that the difference-maker was the personal investment each grandparent made into the lives of their grandchildren. In his study, he asked adults to provide a reflection of their grandparent's influence on their lives. The top five responses were, "they expressed unconditional love to me, they were an example to me, they prayed for me, they told me I was special, and they were filled with laughter, wisdom and advice." Not one of the top five responses had anything to do with money….just time.
Grandparents can teach real life skills to their grandchildren by sharing stories from their own lives. Take time to sit and talk together about experiences you have had throughout your life. Many times a grandchild will listen to you when they are not listening to their parents! You are a valuable resource and what you share can make a big difference in how they live their lives!
"Grandparenting Today - GrandsMatter." GrandsMatter. 2016. Web. 16 May 2016.