Twenty-first century grandparents – Ann Buchanan & Anna Rotkirch – 2018
Why are grandparents playing a major role in rearing the next generation? Firstly, older people are living longer and are healthier so they are more available. Also rising divorce rates, increases in single parenthood, more working mothers and the globalisation of work has fuelled family change. As caretakers of many of their grandchildren, who will be our future citizens, grandparents are guardians of all our tomorrows.