Public Engagement & Impact
There’s a popular narrative that more kids than ever are being raised primarily by grandparents instead of parents.
But that’s not actually the case. In fact, the only kind of shared household to increase in number over the past 20 years is the three-generation home — a child living with at least one parent and one grandparent.
In this episode of Michigan Minds, U-M Ford School professor Natasha Pilkauskas talks about why she studies the familial makeup of the homes children are raised in.
It’s worth finding out what societal trends have caused multi-generational-homes number to nearly double over the last 20 years. Additionally, current educational and social programs might not adequately serve kids living in this environment.
“I’m really interested in thinking about what we can do to help children thrive,” says Pilkauskas. “Who is in the household matters for kids.”