This research was partially supported by the Syracuse University Center for Aging and Policy Studies, with funding provided through grant number P30-AG034464 from the National Institute on Aging. I am indebted to many friends and colleagues who helped me find grandmothers who were working, caring for their grandchildren, and willing to be interviewed. You know who you are and you know how much I appreciate your assistance. I cannot name names here as it might undo my efforts at keeping the grandmothers’ identities confidential. I am grateful to my amazing graduate students with whom I have had the good fortune to work: Chantell Frazier for assisting with some of the interviews; Yan Liu for analyzing the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) data; and Ynesse Abdul-Malak and Jessica Hausauer for editing, and commenting on, the entire manuscript.
I am grateful to my mom, Anne, and sisters, Maura and Rose, and my dear friends Karen and Margaret, who helped me in numerous ways during my travels for this book. My husband and I are enormously grateful to his parents, Lyle and Jeanne Meyer, grandparents extraordinaire, who cared for our children many times over the decades so we could go to conferences and take highly treasured vacations. I am grateful to Suzanne Mettler and Jill Quadagno for helping me keep the big picture in focus and for reading portions of this work. I am grateful to Jeanne, Jeff, Ellen, and Maureen Meyer for reading the entire manuscript. Nice to have such smart relatives! I am especially indebted to the 48 women whose stories I tell in this manuscript. I appreciate the efforts of everyone at NYU Press, particularly Alexia Traganas, Caelyn Cobb, and my wonderful editor, Ilene Kalish. And for all of the joy they have given me along the way, I am most grateful to my husband, Jeffrey, and to our three children, Ellen, Maureen, and Sam. A few of (p.xii) the grandmother’s quotes already appeared in my chapter, “US Grandmothers Juggling Work and Grandchildren,” in Contemporary Grandparenting: Changing Family Relationships in a Global Context, edited by Virpi Timonen and Sara Arber. I appreciate their permission to reprint them here.