The re­sults of our Grans’ sur­vey re­vealed

For­get the stereo­type of the knit­ting nana! We asked you what it’s like be a mod­ern gran and you told us your own grand­par­ents’ lots has changed since your own grand­par­ents’ time

YOURS (UK) - - Contents - By Katharine Woot­ton

What’s it re­ally like to be a grand­par­ent in 2018? That’s what we wanted to know when we asked you to fill in our grans’ sur­vey back in Fe­bru­ary. More than 2,700 re­sponses later and we’ve learned a lot about what a di­verse, ex­cit­ing group of grans you are, from what you most like to do with the grand­chil­dren, to the time and pocket money you give them and the words you’d use to de­scribe your­self as a grand­par­ent.

We’ve also dis­cov­ered that your ex­pe­ri­ence is a world away from that of your own grans. You told us how chang­ing per­cep­tions, tech­nol­ogy and travel has meant you’re much more in­volved and fun than the grand­par­ents of two gen­er­a­tions ago, de­spite be­ing older than they were when they be­came grans. This all goes to show that the myth of grans all be­ing the lit­tle old knit­ting nanas from the Shred­dies ad­verts is now well and truly out of date – we need to recog­nise what a var­ied, vi­brant group of peo­ple you truly are. Thank you so much to ev­ery­one who took time to fill in our sur­vey. We think it makes for fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing…

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