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Old Feb 20, '12, 6:56 pm
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Default Average age for becoming a Grandmother.

This weekend I read a book review about a book about grand-parenting. It said the average age a woman becomes a grandmother is 48.

So I was curious to hear from grandmothers on CAF if they were they around that age? Younger? Older?

My paternal grandmother was 81 when I was born, her first biological granddaughter.

My mom was 58.

I better not be a grandmother at 48, my oldest will be just 16.
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Old Feb 20, '12, 8:11 pm
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I... dont think the book is correct. Assuming it is, the parents are probably 24 and the grandparents themselves had them at 24, which goes against the current trend. I think an average age of around 56 would be closer to the mark.
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This weekend I read a book review about a book about grand-parenting. It said the average age a woman becomes a grandmother is 48.

So I was curious to hear from grandmothers on CAF if they were they around that age? Younger? Older?

My paternal grandmother was 81 when I was born, her first biological granddaughter.

My mom was 58.

I better not be a grandmother at 48, my oldest will be just 16.
Interesting, my paternal grandmother was also 81 when I was born (maybe 80, actually). Both may parents and my grandparents were relatively late in having children.
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I... dont think the book is correct. Assuming it is, the parents are probably 24 and the grandparents themselves had them at 24, which goes against the current trend. I think an average age of around 56 would be closer to the mark.
You're right, 48 does sound pretty low. Unless of course the book was written about 40 to 50 years ago.
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You're right, 48 does sound pretty low. Unless of course the book was written about 40 to 50 years ago.
It seemd low to me as well, but it was a review for a new book. I can't remember the title...I'll check later if I still have the newspaper.
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Perhaps it was counting a wider range than just the US? 48 seems low in the US but it isn't that low in many other places around the world.
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My mother was a grandmother at age 49, and my MIL was 51 or 52. I will not be a grandmother at age 48! My oldest 2 are in college with not even a girlfriend at this stage of their lives (good, cuz I want them focused on school, not girls, while I'm paying the tuition bill!)
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There's a website called grandparents.com that has the same statistic, 48. Maybe the researcher used that source.
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I'm not sure, it does seem a bit low. My father's parents became grandparents in their fifties, and my mother's parents were in their forties (my grandmother got married when she was eighteen and then went on to have twelve children, so I suppose they were bound to be younger).

But then again - I do volunteer work, and from time to time we visit people in a disadvantaged suburb in the west of the city. There, some women become grandmothers in their thirties. I think once we met a great-grandmother who appeared to be in her fifties. So maybe things are changing...though I'm more convinced that these cases are just a representation of a particular, rather unfortunate lifestyle.
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"Over the last three decades, women have been waiting longer to start having children. In 1970 the average age of a first-time mother was about 21. In 2008 the average age was 25.1"

That would put today's average grandmother somewhere around 46-50.

http://www.babycenter.com/0_surprisi...tes_1372273.bc
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My mom is 54 and still not a grandmother. I believe her mother was around 44 when she became a grandmother. My dad's mother I believe was around 40 when her first grandchild, my sister,was born.

My cousin is 50 and just became a great grandmother that's crazy.
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I went to my 20 year high school reunion a number of years ago. A classmate of mine had a baby our senior year of high school, and that son had gotten his girlfriend pregnant and she had a baby at age 17 or 18. So my high school classmate was Grandmother at age 36. (She had gotten married to the father of the baby and they were still married with a handful of other kids).
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I went to my 20 year high school reunion a number of years ago. A classmate of mine had a baby our senior year of high school, and that son had gotten his girlfriend pregnant and she had a baby at age 17 or 18. So my high school classmate was Grandmother at age 36.
Some time ago, I was with my wife and visiting one of her teen clients in the hospital, where she had just given birth. A nurse asked if I was the grandfather. I was in my early thirties at the time!

Early grandparenthood, in some parts of the US, is commonplace. That may lower the average figure for the nation as a whole.

As for the figure cited in the first post, it seems to hold true for the UK and Canada.

http://www.bccf.ca/all/resources/qui...grandparenting

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...-under-50.html
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I'm not sure, it does seem a bit low. My father's parents became grandparents in their fifties, and my mother's parents were in their forties (my grandmother got married when she was eighteen and then went on to have twelve children, so I suppose they were bound to be younger).

But then again - I do volunteer work, and from time to time we visit people in a disadvantaged suburb in the west of the city. There, some women become grandmothers in their thirties. I think once we met a great-grandmother who appeared to be in her fifties. So maybe things are changing...though I'm more convinced that these cases are just a representation of a particular, rather unfortunate lifestyle.
My friend had a baby when she was 16, and that baby had a baby when she was 18, so my friend was a grandmother at the age of 34, and will be a great-grandmother at around the age of 54 or 55.

I was 53 and thought that was too old, because my daughter was 28 when she married and 30 when she had her first. I thought I'd never be a grandmother.

In our culture, we have a tendency to marry and have children later than in many places in the world.
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48!!!!!
Maybe centuries ago, when kids got married at age 14 or whatever...
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