When the Obama’s move into the White House tomorrow, the new president’s mother-in-law is moving in with them.
Marian Robinon, 71, mother of Michelle Obama, has already been taking a lot of care of her granddaughters, Sasha and Malia, while the Obama’s campaigned. Now, it’s official: the grandma, the mother-in-law, is to be in the house. Fulltime.
And it turns out, that is happening in more and more American homes. Grandparents helping parents raise kids – often under one roof. This hour, On Point: when the in-laws, the grandparents, move in.
You can join the conversation. Do your in-laws, or your parents live with you? Do you envy the Obamas having Grandma in the house to help out? Or not?
Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at Evergreen State College, director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, author of "Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage."
Joshua Coleman, clinical psychologist and expert on families, parenting, and relationships; author of "When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along."
This program aired on January 19, 2009.