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The four-generation family

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Photo by Luana Azevedo on Unsplash

By Jack Beaudoin

On December 12, 2007, James and Nancy Wilcox of Lyman, Maine, welcomed their first grandchild, Connor, into the world. A month later, they welcomed James’s parents into their home. I left my job to take care of them,” Nancy says. We converted our dining room into a new bedroom.”

Unusual just a few decades ago, the four-generation family has become a 21st-century social phenomenon. Today many grandparents are at the center of their families, not always an enviable position. They are eager to focus their time, attention, and resources on their grandchildren but at the same time they must assume new responsibilities for their aging parents, sometimes as primary caretakers. Read more


Published in Grandparents.com

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At Grandparents.com, the goal is to connect and inspire today’s families. As the Ultimate Resource for Grandparents, the site strengthens the ties between family members, promoting well-being and giving timely information and expert advice on what really matters to you, from health and money, to travel and retirement. Our stories and videos celebrate the role of grandparents, and encourage you to tell your story, passing on a meaningful legacy to your children and grandchildren.

Note - Since this story’s publication in 2012, Grandparents.com was acquired by Considerable.com, which in turn was acquired by Hella Life. At some point, my byline was removed from the story and I’m currently trying to get it reinstated.

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