Her soft hands patiently helped me fold and transform a delicate lacy handkerchief into the shape of a swing. This fond childhood memory lingers when I reflect upon the time spent with my loving grandmother. Our time spent together was filled with singing, baking, and playing silly games. But, the role of some grandparents has changed over the years. They now play a formidable parenting role in their grandchildren’s lives.

Currently a significant number of grandparents will do exactly what they do every day, which is much more than entertain their granddaughter on the front porch. They will make their grandchildren breakfast, organize their activities, and help with homework in the evening.

Diana Fasnacht is the director of Ready to Learn, United Way of Adams County.

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