The Role Of Grandparenting

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In Casper and Bianchi’s Grandparenting reading, grandparents have always been portrayed as heroic figures that come to the rescue whenever there’s a family crisis at hand. The family dynamic has become more diverse where now you’ll see grandparents co-parenting or completely raising their grandchildren. While young black adults believe grandparents should have a parental role in rearing grandchildren, young white adults oppose to the idea. They believe the role of parenting should only be the parent and that grandparents should only maintain contact. Grandparenthood has changed to where grandmothers are increasingly outliving grandfathers. Cherlin and Furstenberg’s study conducted three types of grandparenting styles: detached, passive, and active. The older grandparents are, the less likely they’ll interact with their grandchildren. Factors such as geographic distance and family structure play a significant role in grandparent-grandchild relationships. In my family, my sister’s daughters live in very close proximity to my parents. Although my father is older than my mother, he is physically more active with my nieces than my mother due to health problems. In Cherlin and…show more content…
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