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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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Grandmothers at Work

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Grandmothers at Work

Madonna Harrington Meyer

NYU Press

This concluding chapter argues that grandmothers are more capable of balancing paid work and unpaid carework compared to their adult children. This might be attributed to their decades of experience in multitasking, their maturity, as well as their understanding bosses and flexible workplace policies. In particular, nearly all of the grandmothers frequently rearrange their work schedules, change jobs or schedules, use paid vacation and sick days, and bring work home or return to work late to be available to provide grandchild care. For some, rearranging their work schedules results in lower earnings and savings or an end to paid vacation or sick time, pensions, and other fringe benefits.

Keywords:   grandmothers, carework, maturity, grandchild care, paid work

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