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Are you my mother or my grandmother?

Grandson Miles reads with his grandfather, Chuck Leavell.
Grandson Miles reads with his grandfather, Chuck Leavell.
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According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, the number of kids being raised by their grandparents has shot up since the start of the recession in 2007. One in ten children in the U.S. now lives with a grandparent, four of those ten in households where the grandparent is the primary caregiver. While the phenomenon of grandparents as primary caregivers is more prominent in Hispanic and African-American households, the sharpest increase is in white families. Is the economy entirely to blame? What impact might this new generation of caregivers have on families? What role do grandparents play in the upbringing of your children?


Gretchen Livingston, senior analyst, Pew Research Center and co-author of study