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Grandparents today are a bit different than previous generations. Gone are the days that Grandma could usually be found in her rocking chair, baking cookies or sewing a quilt. These days, you are more likely to find "Glam-ma" (or "Glamorous Grandma") busy at her job, volunteering in her community, taking classes at the local community college or traveling.
Modern grandparents are actively engaged in life, but are also playing a much larger part in the lives of their grandchildren. In fact, 2.5 million grandparents are responsible for most of the basic needs of one or more grandchildren who live with them, according to the most recent research, and 1.5 million of these grandparents are in the labor force, too.
National Grandparents Day, Sunday, Sept. 13 this year, honors grandparents and emphasizes the strength, guidance and information that grandparents can offer to other generations. Just as grandparents are evolving, so is Grandparents Day. Many families are seeking activities that include all generations, emphasize physical activity and focus on fun. Here are a few ideas your family could use to celebrate the day.
Whatever you choose to do, include the entire family and it is sure to be a hit. Happy Grandparents Day!