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Sunday, September 12th is Grandparents’ Day

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By Cara Beth Lewis 

Grandparents’ Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This Sunday, September 12th, is Grandparents’ Day. 

Grandparents’ Day is a time to celebrate family, honor our grandparents, and treasure the time and memories that we share with them. According to nationaltoday.com, Grandparents and children have a special connection that is proven to both make grandparents live longer and make children more emotionally resilient.

On August 3rd, 1978, Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation stating that the first Sunday following Labor day shall be Grandparents day, and we have been celebrating grandparents day ever since. 

Interesting Numbers (from nationaltoday.com

4.8 million – the number of pre-school children in America who were cared for by a grandparent in 2011.

23.7% – the percentage of grandparents who take care of children under the age of five.

58% – the percentage of grandparents who say they care for their grandchildren because they enjoy doing it.

53% – the percentage of grandparents who take care of their grandchildren so that their parents can work.

22% – the percentage of grandparents who take care of their grandchildren to pass on family values.

70 million – the estimated number of grandparents residing in the United States.

38 – the age of the youngest grandparents.

60% – the percentage of grandparents who work part-time or full-time.

$52 billion – the amount grandparents spend on grandchildren in a year.

45% – the percentage of grandparents who are on social media.

Whether you have living grandparents or not, you can celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Share memories and reminisce, and give thanks for your grandparents and grandparent figures. 

Happy Grandparents’ Day to all the grandparents out there! 

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