Brown Bag Lecture - "Let's Talk About Grandparenting"
Join member Barbara Barer to learn about a recent study of grandparenting roles and various styles of grandparenting in the 21st century.
A discussion will follow on our own experiences as grandparents, including memories of our own grandparents. How do grandparents decide what to do? Explore "shoulds" and "should nots" "If I do too much, I'm interfering and if I don't do enough, I'm selfish.”
Case examples may be used to stimulate discussion, for example:
Mrs. Jones, a widow, has saved her money to take her first trip to Europe. Just as she’s finalizing plans, her daughter’s marriage breaks up. Her granddaughter had been accepted to Stanford, but with the divorce there’s no money to send her. Scholarship funds have already been awarded, so the only way she can go to college is for Mrs. Jones to pay for it. That would mean giving up her trip. What do you think she should do?
Barbara Barer was a Senior Research Associate in the Division of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco, where she did pioneering work in the field of Gerontology. She is the author of numerous articles on aging and family life in later years, and co-author of the book Life Beyond 85. She is a mother of three married daughters and the grandmother of nine.
Barbara presented a highly successful workshop on this topic at OLLI about six years ago.