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you need to know about gs America’s First Grandmother thin 5
1. She’s a spoiler! While Marian Robinson enforces her daughter’s rules of bedtime at 8:30 and organic foods for Malia and Sasha when she’s in their home, all bets are off when the girls are at their grandmother’s Chicago digs. She told the Boston Globe, “I have candy, they stay up late…they watch TV as long as they want to, we’ll play games until the wee hours. I do everything that grandmothers do that they’re not supposed to do.” 2. She’s fit! Mrs. Robinson ran the 50-	 and	 100-yard	 dashes	 in	 the	 Illinois senior games in her 60s. She loves yoga—especially in classes taught by her younger brother Stephen. 3. She’s feeling some separation anxiety these days. At an Education Department’s weekly summer reading series last July, Mrs. Robinson admitted that she was lately beginning to “feel left out” because the Obama girls were growing up so fast and starting to spend more time away from their grandmother. 4. She’s self-effacing! Just ask her daughter. Michelle Obama told Essence magazine, “She completely underestimates her role in who I am. She always says, ‘You came here that way. I just stayed out of the way.’ That’s not how I saw it.” 5. Education is a big priority for her. Neither Marian Robinson nor her husband,	 Fraser,	 finished	 college.	 It	 became a major regret in her life. She used this as a life lesson to her daughter and son, encouraging them to get their degrees—they both attended Princeton.

hand for class presentations, homework	assistance	and	babysitting when the First Couple are out and about. Still, it’s a role she cherishes because of her love for her family. Asked by Essence magazine if she was

happy with her new life, Mrs. Robinson said, “I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents.”

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010
Contents
GRAND Treasure Hunt
I’m too young to be a grandparent!
GRAND Central
Want it? Win it!
Marian Robinson: First Grand
Around the world in 80 memories
7 travel essentials: Don’t leave home without ’em
Have health, will travel
Not so grand
Splitsville
Text-a-grand
Are you a safe driver?
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Intro
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GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 2
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Contents
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - GRAND Treasure Hunt
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 5
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - I’m too young to be a grandparent!
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 7
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 8
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 9
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 10
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - GRAND Central
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 12
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 13
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 14
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 15
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Want it? Win it!
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 17
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 18
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 19
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Marian Robinson: First Grand
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 21
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 22
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 23
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Around the world in 80 memories
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 25
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 7 travel essentials: Don’t leave home without ’em
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 27
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Have health, will travel
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 29
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Not so grand
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 31
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Splitsville
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 33
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Text-a-grand
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GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Are you a safe driver?
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GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - GRAND Finale
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