As soon as I saw this article (“When Grandma Can’t Be Bothered”) in today’s New York Times, I felt compelled to start a discussion about it on WMAG. The gist is that many grandmas these days aren’t interested in a “hands on role” with their grandchildren — either as regular babysitters or simply as actively involved grandparent types.
… Women with young children are looking for guidance from their mother or mother-in-law, but these days they are often looking in vain. (For whatever reason, they seem to have no such great expectation of their father or father-in-law.)
Thoroughly modern grandmothers, so-called glam-mas, “feel they’ve put in their time,” Ms. Barash said. “They were devoted to children to the exclusion of their own freedom, and they’re not looking to repeat the mothering process with their grandchildren.”
In other words, it may take a village to raise a child, but these days the village may be more heavily populated with nannies than nanas.