Becoming grandma : the joys and science of the new grandparenting / Lesley Stahl

Those of us who are lucky enough to have grandchildren know that something magical happens when you hold your grandchild for the first time.  When veteran journalist Leslie Stahl became a grandmother in 2011, she described the experience as “euphoric.” As the love for her new granddaughter continued to consume her, she decided to investigate the phenomenon. Surprisingly, she learns that oxytocin, a powerful female hormone released during childbirth, is released in the new grandmother as well. As she shares hard data and lots of anecdotes about how our adult children relate to us once they become parents, she makes us laugh at the new rules of parenting they enforce and their penchant for documenting every moment of their child’s life on social media. But she also makes us weep for the thousands of heartbroken grandmothers who are denied meaningful access to their grandchildren. Definitely worth reading by boomers and their adult children.     Val 11/28/2016

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