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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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NOW I’M A GRANDPARENT, WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?

Give Me a Job Description

A LIFE WITHOUT STORIES WOULD BE NO LIFE AT ALL.

—Alexander McCall Smith

WHAT IS THE JOB OF THE GRANDPARENTS? For the many grandparents who are raising grandchildren, for whatever reason, the job is clear. Although it seems out of place in the life cycle, these brave souls summon their strength and do the best they can. For the rest, the role of the grandparents is not always so clear.

When asked, “What is a grandparent’s real job?” Grandpa Fred said, “I just don’t know. I need a map or a GPS device. I want to be a good grandparent, but I’m not sure I know how to do it. ...

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