6 grandmother myths debunked

Despite the endless amounts of knowledge available online and off, it seems many folks still have an astoundingly incorrect idea of what it means to be a grandmother. The stereotype of an overweight granny with gray hair pulled up in a bun, glasses firmly propped upon her nose and an apron forever tied around her waist is so very NOT what today's grandmothers are. Yet that stereotype persists.

My The Grandma in a box made a smidgen of difference in my mission to dispel the incorrect stereotypes of grandmothers. There's still a long way to go, though, so here's yet another effort.

grandmother myths 

Grandmothers are old.

Debunked: One quick perusal of my Grilled Grandma interviews will leave no doubt of the vitality and vibrancy of today's grandmothers. Old we are not.

vibrant grandmothers 

Further debunking: The average age at which a woman in the United States becomes a grandmother is 48. I beat that by five years, as I was 43. I'm certainly not alone in that age of entry to the grand position, and it's certainly not uncommon to be even younger when becoming a grandma.

Grandmothers are retired.

Debunked: Considering how young grandmothers are, retirement is often still years away. Even those who have retired from one career are often taking advantage of the decades ahead of them and beginning encore careers—sometimes an encore encore career.

Grandmas work hard. Many still have regular employment, whatever that employment may have been prior to taking on the grandma role. For instance, there's Kaye of Sandwich Ink for the Sandwich Generation. Kaye is a Realtor and a grandma. And she cares for her senior mother, too. A true member of the sandwich generation. And she shares what she's learned with the rest of us.

There are many grandmothers who work as owners of their own businesses, too. One example: Kelly who owns GrandmaAndGrandpaGifts.com.

Many other grandmothers have carved out careers online (Rachel of The Brand Connection and <ahem> Lisa of Grandma's Briefs) or as writers (Vikki Claflin, Susan Adcox, Belinda Brock, Doreen McGattigan, Kay Swatkowski, and many, many more).

And, of course, there are the grandmothers who work as caretakers for their grandchildren.

Grandmas work. Happily, wholeheartedly. And likely will be for a long, long time.

Grandmothers aren't fashionable; housecoats, sweats or yoga pants are their uniforms of choice.

Debunked: Baloney. Proof: Pam of Over50Feeling40.com—a grandma and one of the most fashionable women you'll come across, regardless of age.

Grandmothers are limited physically and prefer to sit and knit.

Debunked: Consider Patti of Oh, Mrs. Tucker; she runs marathons. My favorite forms of exercise are walking my dogs or be-bopping to Just Dance. In between my low impact and Patti's just plain WOW footwork is a wide range of grandmas swimming, golfing, running, boxing, yoga-ing and more.

Grandmothers are prude.

Debunked: Take a look at Walker's info and advice on sex (WalkerThornton.com) and the same from Ellen on menopause (EllenDolgen.com). These two grandmas display not a pinch of prude when it comes to enlightening grandmothers and others on being loud and proud of who they are, what they want, what they need to be healthy and happy. Together they have a gazillion followers who are equally not prude, many of whom are grandmothers.

Grandmothers are technophobes who steer clear of all but the simplest gadgets, gizmos, apps and networks.

Debunked: Again, baloney. I know more than my adult daughters (and husband!) about computers, code, socializing online, phone apps, app apps and more. And I have fellow grandmothers like Kc from Amaraland I turn to when I need assistance on those techy things I don't yet know but am willing to learn. Plus, fellow grandmothers (Kelly! Kaye! Kc!) have my back and let me know when there's a glitch or gunky code I've overlooked on my site.

Admittedly, I'm far from the best example of techy grandmas. As I have photos yet to optimize for this post and NOFOLLOW code to insert into the links, though, I don't have time to list them all. Just trust me: Grandmas got it going on when it comes to techy gadgets and goodies, online or off.

Today's question:

What additional grandmother myths deserve a debunking?