Friday, 10 January 2014

Reason 105 Not to Have Your Kids Young: You May Have More Time to Spend with THEIR Kids

As I went off to see an ailing Thomas and his family this morning, I began to see the wisdom in not having kids until your 30s.  We have much more time to enjoy and help out with our kids' kids (and they were a little late in producing too) than our friends who had their progeny earlier in life.  In other words, retired or semi-retired grandparents can be useful and have fun too.

Just in case you're wondering, there's a whole group of anthopologists and ethnographers who argue that grandparents (and grandmothers have been studied the most) have a positive effect on the survival of their grandchildren.  This  is called the grandmother effec, but I'd call it the grandparent effect, because Grandpas are great to have around too.

1 comment:

lagatta à montréal said...

It annoys me that the Canadian government is seeing retired grandparents (who are in good enough shape to bring up the kids while parents work) as a burden. For one thing, they will ensure that the grandkids learn the ancestral language as well as French and/or English.

By the way, you are missing a w at the beginning of your NYT link.