HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Sunday is National Grandparents Day - time set aside to recognize the help and love they provide and their growing importance to the survival of many American families.
This special day was the idea of Marian McQuade of Fayette County, West Virginia, and has been observed nationally since 1979.
Today, grandparents are increasingly not just relatives to be visited on holidays and weekends, but part of the year-round household for many children. Some 7.1 million grandparents, together or separated, have around 5.6 million minor grandchildren living with them, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Put another way, 10 percent of America's children under the age of 18 live with at least one grandparent, and 2.7 million of those grandparents are responsible for the children's care.
Happy Grandparents Day!