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In the April 1994 paper, "The Influence of Grandparents and Stepgrandparents on Grandchildren," Dr. Laura DeHaan and Dr. Sean Brotherson from the North Dakota State University wrote,
"Grandparents and stepgrandparents influence their grandchildren both directly and indirectly. Direct influences come from face-to-face interaction, and indirect influences are realized through a third party... It's interesting to note the variety of terms used to refer to the many roles grandparents or stepgrandparents play. For example:

♦ Stress buffer ♦ Watchdog ♦ Arbitrator ♦ Roots/family historian ♦ Supporter

... The intergenerational contact reflects a high value for family connection. Grandchildren exposed to such contact are less fearful of old age and the elderly. They feel more connected to their families."

But we already know this, don't we? Our grandparents play an important, yet hugely underrated role in our psychological development. In a sense, they provide the secondary nurturing element in our childhood.

Of course, this in no way takes anything away from our parents. The fundamental principles governing our lives, emotional quotient, spiritual and emotional makeup - in fact, just about every observable quality of our being are shaped by our parents (or in their absence, other available role models).



2012 Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee
Incumbent Vice-President of the United States

Joe Biden

Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Biden Parents and Grandparents

Father: Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr. (1915–2002); Businessman, boiler cleaner for a heating and cooling company, oil salesman and sales manager for a car dealership
Mother: Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden née Finnegan (1917–2010)
Paternal Grandfather: Joseph H. Biden (1893-1941); oil salesmen
Paternal Grandmother: Mary Elizabeth Robinette Biden nee Ball (1894-1943)
Maternal Grandfather: Ambrose Joseph Finnegan (1884-NA); a newspaper advertising solicitor (ad salesman)
Maternal Grandmother: Geraldine Catharine Blewitt (1887-NA)
Biden's profile, official website and positions on the issues

2012 Libertarian Presidential Nominee
Former Governor of New Mexico

Gary Johnson

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson

Johnson Parents and Grandparents

Father: Earl W. Johnson (b. 1919)
Mother: Lorraine Johnson nee Bostow (b. 1928)
Paternal Grandfather: Ole W. Johnson (19
Paternal Grandmother: Olivia J. Johnson
Maternal Grandfather: William Bostow
Maternal Grandmother: Vera (Korneychuk) Bostow

*According to the 1920 census, Johnson’s father was adopted, so his biological ancestry is unknown.
(Information provided by Mr. Michael Hurdle)
Johnson's profile, official website and positions on the issues

2012 Democratic Presidential Nominee
Current President of the United States

Barack Obama

Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

Obama Parents and Grandparents

Father: Barack Obama Sr. (1936-1982)
Senior Economist in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning

Mother: Stanley Ann Dunham (1942 – 1995)
Educator and Anthropologist

Stepfather: Lolo Soetoro Mangundikardjo (1935 – 1987)
Geographer, Colonel with the Indonesian Army and Oil Company Executive

Paternal Grandfather: Onyango Hussein Obama (1895-1979)
Soldier, Cook, Handyman, Farmer

Paternal Grandmother: Habibah Akumu daughter of Njoga

Paternal Step-Grandmother: Sara Ogwel

Maternal Grandfather: Stanley Armour Dunham (1918-1992)
U.S Army (USAF 1830th Ordnance), Furniture Store Manager/Salesman, and Insurance Salesman

Maternal Grandmother: Madelyn Lee Payne (1922-2008)
Assembly Line Worker, Housewife
Obama's profile, official website and positions on the issues

2012 Republican Presidential Nominee
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mitt Romney

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

Romney Parents and Grandparents

Father: George Wilcken Romney (1907-1995)
Mother: Lenore LaFount (1908-1998)
Paternal Grandfather: Gaskell Romney (1871-1955)
Paternal Grandmother: Anna Amelia Pratt (1876-1926)
Maternal Grandfather: Harold Arundel LaFount (1880-1952)
Maternal Grandmother: Alma Luella Robison (1882-1938)
Romney's profile, official website and positions on the issues

2012 Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee
U.S. Representative from Wisconsin

Paul Ryan

Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

Ryan Parents and Grandparents

Father: Paul Murray Ryan (Deceased)
Mother: Elizabeth A. Ryan Douglas (née Hutter)
Paternal Grandfather: Stanley Martin Ryan (Deceased, 1898 - 1957)
Paternal Grandmother: Edith Irene McCarthy (Deceased, 1897 - 1983)
Maternal Grandfather: Dr. Adolph Matthew Hutter (Deceased, 1905 – 1985)
Maternal Grandmother: Janet Kay (Deceased, NA-1991)
Ryan's profile, official website and positions on the issues




Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

Kathyern Lane

Presidential Candidate Kathyern Lane

Lane Parents and Grandparents

William Allen Beals and Rose Ann Beals

Woodrow and Doris Emmons

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Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from the State of Texas

Ron Paul

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul

Paul Parents and Grandparents

• Ron Paul’s parents were Howard Paul and Margaret (Dumont) Paul. Howard ran the dairy farm and Margaret kept the books.

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