Iron County Grandparent Survey


With many in the Baby Boomer generation embarking on grandparenthood, there are over 65 million grandparents in the U.S. – the most ever. By 2020, it is predicted that 1 in 3 adults will be grandparents.

And these grandparents are being put to good use. “I help out with running errands, babysitting, and taking the grandkids to sporting events and 4H activities. I love to have the kids sleep overnight,” said Ilene Giacomino of Saxon, WI, listing just some of the ways that she helps out with her three younger grandchildren.

Ilene’s situation is not unique. In a society where parents are working longer and harder than ever, grandparent support is becoming an increasingly integral piece of the functioning of today’s families. They are often called on to help with childcare, transport children to activities, and extend financial support.

In many families, childcare from grandparents becomes more than just intermittent. In the US, 5.6 million children, or nearly 8% or all children, are living with grandparents identified as the head of household, according to the 2015 US Census data. That’s up from 4.9 million, or 6.7 percent, who lived in such households in 2010.

These grandparents may have envisioned later life as a time to relax and enjoy the privileges of grandparenting, without many responsibilities. Taking on the task of raising children a second time around is a major life adjustment, and can involve everything from financial and career changes to location and lifestyle changes.

Grandparents have a tremendous impact on the health and wellbeing of their families, on their communities and our nation. With grandparents serving such a critical role, the question becomes, how can we better support grandparents in this important role? What skills and supports will aid them in providing safe and nurturing environments for children?

Darrin Kimbler, Rebecca Holm, Amy Nosal, Neil & Kasey Klemme, Cathy Techtmann, Emily Murphy and Felicia Herlevi had a great time at the staff outing at Darrin’s farm on August 15, 2017.UW Extension Iron County is conducting a survey of local grandparents living in Iron County. The purpose of the survey is to better understand the relationship between grandparents, parents and grandchildren in our county and to identify educational and support needs specific to this audience.

If you are a grandparent living in Iron County, please complete the survey below. Paper copies are available at the Mercer Library, the Hurley Library and the UW Extension office in the Iron County Courthouse. The survey will be open until August 15th. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Sharon’s Coffee Company.

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