The latest stats that count this kind of thing--they're in a report from Pew Social Research--finds we grandparents offering care, coddling and shelter to our grandchildren are part of a growth trend: The number of American children being raised by gramps and grannie rose sharply after the recession began. In one year--from 2007 to 2008--there was a boomlet of a 6 percent rise in the numbers and share of children living with grandparents.
According to the report, the sharpest increase in the number of children who had a grandparent as a primary caregiver was among white children, even though this family set-up is generally more common in black and Hispanic families.
Here's another interesting point from the report: Nearly half of the children being raised by grandparents also live with a single parent, and 8 percent live with both parents in the household--in addition to the caregiver grandparent.
Just another sign of difficult times--and the role grandparents play in it.