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The Biological Clock Tolls for Grandparents

by Hayley Mick,  The Globe and Mail,  Jan 4, 2010
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Ruth Pennebaker's biological clock roared back to life at age 49.

Her daughter left for college, and suddenly she was noticing babies everywhere - on Facebook, in the park. After that, it only got worse.

"I was practically stalking babies in the supermarket," says Ms. Pennebaker, an author and columnist living in Texas.

Her "grandparent hunger," as she called it, made no sense: Her two children were both busy with university studies and didn't have steady partners. Yet, she'd watch her quirky and curious university professor husband and see ideal grandpa material. Bald-headed babies that reminded her of her own children were particularly attractive. "I swear it was something hormonal," she says.

Hormonal, perhaps. But her feelings speak for a whole generation of wannabe grandparents.

Canadians of childbearing age are delaying parenthood longer than any generation in history. Ten years ago, the highest fertility rate was among people between the ages of 25 and 29. Now that rate is found in the 30 to 34 age group, according to Statistics Canada data released last fall. Read more.


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