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Sweden Takes Another Big Step in Parental Leave

Grandparents can now get paid to take care of their grandkids

(Newser) - Sweden launched a groundbreaking new law on Monday that allows grandparents to step in and get paid parental leave while taking care of their grandchildren for up to three months of a child's first year. The development comes after the Swedish parliament approved last December the government's proposal...

You're Out of Luck in Italy, Grandpa
You're Out of Luck
in Italy, Grandpa
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You're Out of Luck in Italy, Grandpa

Nation's high court rules grandkids can't be forced to see their grandparents

(Newser) - Sorry, Grandpa—you don't get to visit with the grandkids unless they want to. At least that's now the case in Italy, where the nation's high court has handed down the decision that grandchildren can't be forced to see their grandparents, reports the Guardian . It's...

After Girl, 7, Mauled to Death by Dog, 4 Family Members Charged

Olivia Floyd died after Rottweiler attacked her in Va.; grandparents charged with murder

(Newser) - A family tragedy around the horrific death of a 7-year-old Virginia girl has been compounded by the arrests of her grandparents and parents. Earlier this year, WHSV reported on a dog attack in Augusta County, Va., in which Olivia Grace Floyd was killed. Police who arrived at a Waynesboro residence...

Man Sued for $650K by Own Parents for Not Having Kids

Sanjeev, Sadhana Prasad want son and his wife to pay up if there's no grandchild within a year

(Newser) - If you're newly married and and have been relentlessly pestered by your parents for grandchildren ever since the "I do's," consider yourselves lucky. In India, one young couple is now the subject of a "highly unusual" lawsuit after the man's parents became miffed they...

Arrest Warrant Out for Grandpa of Boy in Cable Car Crash

Prosecutors say Eitan Biran was abducted in a 'premeditated strategic plan'

(Newser) - Update: The maternal grandfather of a 6-year-old who survived a May cable car crash that killed his parents and younger brother is now officially in legal hot water. The BBC reports Italy has issued an international arrest warrant for Shmuel Peleg, who's accused of abducting the boy from Italy,...

Marking New Event, Pope Says the Generations Must Connect

Francis draws applause in celebrating first World Day for Grandparents and Elderly

(Newser) - Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church's first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday. Francis solicited a round of applause from the faithful in St. Peter's Square and urged people everywhere to reach out to older generations, the AP reports. Francis was supposed to have...

Pope: Each July, Church Will Honor 'Forgotten' Grandparents

Younger generations are missing out on the wisdom of their elders, Francis says

(Newser) - Pope Francis has established an annual date to honor grandparents and other elders, lamenting that they are often forgotten despite the wisdom they have to offer society. Francis on Sunday announced that every year, on the fourth Sunday of July, the Roman Catholic Church will pay tribute to older adults...

Texas Lt. Gov.: Don't 'Sacrifice the Country' to Save Us Seniors

It's unclear just how many seniors agree with Dan Patrick on his thoughts about saving US economy

(Newser) - These are times in which we may all have to make some sacrifices, but in the Texas lieutenant governor's mind, senior citizens in the US should be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. NBC News reports that Dan Patrick appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show Monday night,...

Toddler Dies After Grandfather Dangles Her From Cruise Ship

Puerto Rico authorities say the man lost his grip on Indiana girl

(Newser) - A family cruise turned tragic Sunday afternoon when an 18-month-old girl died after her grandfather dangled her outside an 11th-story window on the ship and then lost his grip. Authorities tell the AP the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the time....

His Grandpa Was Driving. Then, 7 Minutes of Panic

12-year-old Benjamin Bubis managed to call 911, pull car over after grandfather's medical emergency

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway, and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. Benjamin Bubis, a seventh-grader from Canton, was on his way to soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 495 when his grandfather,...

'Unbelievable Mistake' in Treating Man's Lung Leads to Suit

Family of the late William Hannah suing UK hospital after lung was washed with detergent

(Newser) - A UK hospital made an "appalling" error right before a 68-year-old died there, says his daughter, and now she and her family are suing the hospital for it. William Hannah passed away in September 2017 at Salford Royal Hospital while being treated after a car accident that had left...

On Travel Ban, Judge Hands a Victory to Grandparents

Decision out of Hawaii allows them as exceptions to the travel restrictions

(Newser) - A judge in Hawaii delivered a setback to President Trump's travel ban on Thursday with a ruling that might sound unusual in any other context: Grandparents, he declared, count as "close family." The decision involves the White House move to ban visitors from six mostly Muslim nations,...

When Heroin Forces You to Raise Your Grandchild

The 'New York Times' talks to grandmothers who are doing it

(Newser) - Cindi Colburn is 51 years old, but her social circle is full of twentysomethings, and not exactly by choice: They're the parents of other 5-year-olds, and Colburn is raising one herself—Maleigha, her granddaughter, the child of a mother addicted to heroin. Colburn serves as the lead character among...

You Can Now Eat Burgers With Sad Papaw

Just visit a flea market in Oklahoma on March 26

(Newser) - Strangers said they'd gladly dine with "Sad Papaw" after a viral photo taken last Wednesday showed all but one grandchild skipped a dinner with him, for which he'd made burgers and their favorite homemade ice cream. Now they have their chance. "The most famous Papaw in...

Lonely Burger-Eating Papaw Gives the Internet a Sad

'He made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I’m the only one who showed'

(Newser) - One sad, burger-cooking grandpa took the Internet by storm this week, inspiring everything from amusing memes to death threats, US Magazine reports. It all started Wednesday when Kelsey Harmon, a college softball player from Oklahoma, dropped in for a meal with her papaw. "Dinner with papaw tonight…he made...

4 Stars Who Were Brought Up by Grandparents

Including one who didn't realize they were his grandparents

(Newser) - The Huffington Post rounds up eight celebrities who were raised by their grandparents—and many of them credit their success to that upbringing. A sampling:
  • Oprah Winfrey: After her mother moved to the Midwest for a job, Winfrey was raised by her grandmother on a Mississippi farm before eventually moving

Suspect in Grandparents' Deaths Arrested

Hours-long motel standoff in Oregon ends peacefully

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Oregon man accused of murdering his grandparents is in custody tonight after a motel standoff ended with his arrest, reports the Oregonian . Michael Boysen had holed up in the Lincoln motel and refused police orders to leave the room for hours. Police eventually blew down the door with...

Egg Freezing: Mom, Dad's New Gift to Aging Daughters
Egg Freezing: Mom, Dad's New Gift to Aging Daughters
new trend

Egg Freezing: Mom, Dad's New Gift to Aging Daughters

More and more parents helping to foot the sizable bill

(Newser) - Some parents help pay for their kids' college tuition—others help foot the bill for freezing their daughters eggs? Apparently. The New York Times reports on what it paints as a growing trend: Would-be grandparents, worried about their daughter's advancing age and aware of the fact that the procedure...

Drunk Grandparents Busted for Towing Girl in Toy Car

Florida couple told cops they were just having fun

(Newser) - It's probably going to be a long time before Paul and Belinda Berloni will be allowed to be in charge of a motor vehicle—or their granddaughter. The couple were arrested after Florida police spotted them in their SUV, driving at speeds of up to 10mph while towing the...

Kids Less Likely to Be Hurt When Grandparents Drive
Kids Less Likely to Be Hurt When Grandparents Drive 

Kids Less Likely to Be Hurt When Grandparents Drive

Insurance claims show 50% fewer injuries than with mom or dad

(Newser) - Kids may be safest in cars when grandma or grandpa are driving instead of mom or dad, according to study results that even made the researchers do a double-take. Previous evidence indicates that car crashes are more common in older drivers, but the study looked at injuries rather than who...

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