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 (grănd′pâr′ənt, -păr′-, grăn′-)
A parent of one's mother or father; a grandmother or grandfather.

grand′pa·ren′tal (-pə-rĕn′tl) adj.
grand′par′ent·hood′ n.
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(ˈɡrændˌpɛərənthʊd; ˈɡrænˌpɛərənthʊd)
the state of being a grandparent
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He span of grandparenthood thus will be roughly 20 years for both men; but those years are between 40 and 60 for his grandfather and 60 and 80 for Marry.
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There are chapters on helping youngsters balance the search for meaningful work with the responsibility for self-sufficiency, on coping with youngsters' sexual mores, on grandparenthood and on dealing with problems ranging from the acute to the chronic.
Like it or not, 15 years of 'single grandparenthood' is a badge of honor, and you are amply rewarded when grandson comes home announcing that he won this and that Metro Manila competition.
In this case study, we examined the effect of narrative approach to home based occupational therapy on the development of grandparenthood, quality of life, and wisdom in two elderly subjects.
Reitzes and Mutran (2004) found that, although grandfathers experienced lowered levels of satisfaction with grandparenthood than grandmothers, this was mediated by the frequency of contact with the child, the centrality the grandfather attributed to the grandparent role and the grandparent's feeling of self-worth.
In their classic research of the 1960s, Neugarten and Weinstein (1964) indicated that grandparenthood contains the potential for the experience of biological renewal, continuity, self-fulfillment, a chance to succeed in a new emotional role, and indirect expansion of the self through the grandchild's achievements.
About the banal sublimity of grandparenthood, he'd had no clue.
It is impossible to interpret this construction of grandparenthood without placing it in the broader context of 'social inclusion', itself a response to increased social fragmentation and economic competition.