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I hear it all the time:  "You don’t look old enough to be a grandparent.”  As a 51-year-old baby boomer, I am among a growing trend of women who are not only wives and mothers—-we are also grandmothers.

Personally, I don't mind being called grandma by my two-year-old grandson but there are some baby boomers who shun the notion of being identified as the traditional “grandma” and “grandpa.”    

Gone are the days when you saw gray-haired women wearing their hair in buns and dresses near their ankles.  They are no longer baking cookies for the grandkids and sitting in rocking chairs.  Today's grandmothers are, more than likely, still in the workforce or entrepreneurs. They are probably also more likely to take an active role in their grandchildren’s day-to-day lives.

So what do you call today's "new grandma"?    Is it acceptable for a grandchild to call his/her grandmother by her first name?  


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