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Grandmothers at WorkJuggling Families and Jobs$
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Madonna Harrington Meyer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814729236

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814729236.001.0001

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Balancing Care and Work

Balancing Care and Work

(p.1) 1 Balancing Care and Work
Grandmothers at Work

Madonna Harrington Meyer

NYU Press

This introductory chapter presents the account of Dianne, a working grandmother who is balancing work and caring for grandchildren. She works full-time as an elected official while also taking care of three of her six grandchildren most of the week. Her story shows that grandmothers are prized daycare providers. A survey found that grandparents provide some amount of child care every week. Another study found that more than 43 percent of grandmothers care for grandchildren regularly; 20 percent of which have working mothers. Grandmothers may be considered the most available source of child care, but most of these women are also employed. As such, the book analyzes how working grandmothers balance paid work and unpaid carework.

Keywords:   grandmothers, grandchildren, child care, paid work, unpaid carework

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