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5 ways life has changed for grandmas

Grandmas aren't exactly who they used to be. In fact, they seem to be taking care of kids, playing sports and running for office.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: May 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014

Grandmas are no longer as cookie cutter as in years past. Recent reports and articles from across the Web have pinpointed a cultural shift for grandparents. In fact, many older women are having kids, which shows that even the idea of who is a grandma might be changing.

Here’s a look at ways grandmas are not who they used to be.

1. Being a flower girl

Marguaz Laskey wrote for The New York Times last week that grandmas are getting a new role at weddings, instead of just sitting idly by and watching. They’re actually becoming flower girls and playing a major role in the wedding ceremonies. “She is truly one of my best friends,” Jenny Illes Wood told the Times. “I share my successes with her. I’ve cried on her shoulder during breakups. I seek her advice in everything. She’s been with me in every stage in my relationship with Jon.”

2. Raising kids … again

Grandmas are getting an increased role in the home, too, as many have had to look after their grandkids, wrote Meredith Rutland for the Florida Times-Union. In fact, more than 2.6 million kids are being raised by their grandparents for a number of different reasons. “Addiction and mental illness are the biggest factors that keep a parent from being capable of caring for a child. Incarceration or military deployment also play a role,” the Times-Union reported.

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