Today, for millions of women who are reaching that stage of life, is about more than just vanity. It raises other complicated feelings less common among women from previous generations. For better or for worse, grandmas are just not what they used to be.
Experts predict that at least one-third of grandparents will eventually have a step-grandchild. Grandparents can play a significant loving and protective role in a child's emotional well-being, especially if that child has been neglected or abandoned in the past