In times gone by, were families so much bigger than today?
My grandmother was one of eight and my grandfather one of seven. Many of my ancestors also came from large families. I used to wonder whether people tended to have bigger families.
According to UK statistics, the 1900 birth rate was 3.5 children per family; by the end of the century (1997), the rate fell to 1.7 children.
Why do you think people had larger families back then?
What about your family? How many siblings did your grandparents have?
Let us know in the poll below.
Today, September 9, is Grandparents Day in the US.
Although celebrated in various countries on different days, it is always commemorated in the US on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Grandparents Day was established in 1978, following Marian McQuade's vision that youth should understand the importance of the contributions to society made by senior citizens.
After much lobbying by Marian, President Jimmy Carter signed the day into law on August 3, 1978, proclaiming that it should be used "...to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer."
Those of us fortunate enough to have grandparents should take the opportunity to make them feel special and loved today. It's a perfect opportunity to ask about their families, their own grandparents and their experiences growing up. It's a great way to learn more about your own family history.
Those of us who are grandparents should explain to our grandchildren about the family's origins, and share stories and information about previous generations.
Two weeks ago we introduced Elisabeth, our French community manager. Here she shares a post about grandparents.
The earliest memories I have of my grandparents revolve around fun and candy! They picked me up from school, took me on long weekends and invited me to stay with them during the summer. My grandmother taught me to ride a bike and my grandfather told stories so that we’d fall asleep.