Soundings

Grandfathers threatened with extinction

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1203a (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1203
  1. Tony Smith

    Being a grandfather is a pleasure that creeps up unexpectedly on men at a time in their lives when most other events and experiences are negative—physical and mental aging; the loss of status, power, and money that comes with retirement; and the recognition that life expectation can now be measured with some accuracy in small numbers. Women, by contrast, seem to look forward to grandparenting as soon as their daughters are adult, wanting to be able to indulge a new generation of small children without having to take day to day responsibility for their care.

    Grandparenting is, however, coming under threat from the consequences of several trends in childbearing which are changing Western society: …

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