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Lesley Stahl, storied 60 Minutes journalist, finds greatest fulfillment in being a grandmother

Apr 14, 2016

CBS journalist Lesley Stahl, most widely known for her work on 60 Minutes, has interviewed heads of state, covered Watergate and broken scores of political news stories throughout her journalism career. Now, Stahl is facing a new challenge: “Becoming Grandma.”

Stahl has written a new book about “The Joys and Science of New Grandparenting,” and joined host Don Marsh to discuss her experience learning to become a grandmother.

“In my whole life, I have not been this happy,” Stahl said. “There is a depth of emotion that comes over us grandmothers.”

In her book, she interviews some famous grandmothers you may know: Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Sawyer, Ellen Goodman and many others. She also includes insights from scientists, psychiatrists and others.

Stahl said that grandmothers have a natural, evolutionary instinct to babysit. “We physically crave it,” she said. “We do use the same words for falling in love as we do for holding a grandchild—we are experiencing something similar.”

Stahl also spoke of the health benefits of becoming a grandmother, citing studies that show that grandparenting staves off dementia.

She warned against parents withholding grandchildren from grandmothers and grandfathers because of personal differences.

"When we grandparent, it is 180 degrees different from how we parented."

“When we grandparent, it is 180 degrees different from how we parented,” she said.

Grandparents are able to provide for children a sense of belonging and tradition for children. They’re also an important source of financial support for parents. Stahl cited statistics that show grandparents today spend seven times more than they did just 10 years ago.

Related Event

What: Meet Me St. Louis Presents "Lesley Stahl Becoming Grandma"
When: Sunday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: St. Luke’s Hospital Institute for Health Education - North Medical Office Bldg, Level II, 222 S. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
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