Are you a Glamma or a Grandma? In the past few years, no one wants to be called Grandma or Grandmother anymore. It’s not the image that goes with modern-day women of a particular age. Not anymore! But just like time and modernization of everything else, the old term for grandma is retired! The new name is Glamma and it modernizes the image of the new grandmother for two reasons: 1) Women are having babies at a younger age, and 2) Women (grandmas) are living longer. A Glamma is the new Grandma; a woman with a sense of self and style. We are Glamma’s in mind, body, and spirit! It’s all about the image you have in your mind and not your physical age! Let’s talk about the new Glamma!
The standard definition is “A Glamma is a woman far too young and glamorous to be called Grandma!” I agree with that! 😉 We provide our grandchildren with more than just grandmother’s love. Times have changed. Grandmothers are up-to-date on technology, educated, computer-literate, business-minded, and career-driven women.
The True Definition of Glamma?
The standard definition is “A Glamma is a woman far too young and glamorous to be called Grandma!” I agree with that! 😉 Grandmother or Grandma is associated with the image of an old lady, grey hair, maybe a cane, and hunched over. These days, in the year 2020, the old image of a grandma is obsolete and has been for a while.
Nowadays, we have life experiences to share. We are educated, smart, sophisticated, funny, and well rounded. Glamma’s are actively working, exercising, and traveling. Many of us are still working because we are years younger than 60. We eat well, take supplements, and exercise. Additionally, medical technology has for many years allowed women over 50 to look and feel younger- inside and out. We provide our grandchildren with more than just grandmother’s love! Times …have…changed!
The New Image of Grandma
Nowadays, Glamma’s are typically in their early 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Times are changing and moving fast, and our children are growing up faster and having babies earlier in life. We have no control over the changing times. All we can do is be there for our children when they have a child themselves, and be the best Glamma’s that we can be! Nothing touches the heart of a grandmother more than holding the baby of your own child!
Glamma’s are phenomenal in my book because we manage and handle many things. Glamma’s are going back to college later in life. I received my 1st degree, an A.A.S in IT, then my B.achelor’s (also in IT), then my Master’s Degree at age 52. No brag, just confirmation that we can do anything we want to do! That mentality of a ‘grandmother, all wrinkled up has withered away and is gone! I was in college with young women, middle-aged women, and seniors. It didn’t matter, cause age is just a number and grandma is just a name. But we have modernized the name to fit our new image!
Don’t Blame Us Cause We’re Smart & Beautiful? 🙂
A year or two ago, I read an article online in the Huffington Post, an online newspaper. The author, a young woman herself, criticized other women who called themselves ‘glamma’s.’ The article was called ‘The Problem With Glamma’ Read it for yourself, but I hated the article! The young woman who wrote it heavily criticized the term glamma, and the women who call themselves as such.
The author of that article stated “Glamorous is all well and good for some. But there’s a dignity, an honor, a self-confidence that comes when someone embraces where they’re at in life, be it a mother or grandmother, rather than trying to deny the passage of time. My quesstion is: How does she know?? She is NOT a grandmother! She does not know we embrace our role, no matter what we’re called. Our passage of time, with our education, our work experience, our history, etc. is still there, making us valuable commodities as experienced, loving intelligent women!
The above-named article came across as a criticism of women over the age of 50 who dared to feel they are still young in mind, body, and spirit! The author’s image of ‘grandmother’ was outdated in our modern world. It shows a lack of understanding of ‘where’ the world is now with women having children younger and younger, making the grandmother image of old an inaccurate description.
Younger, Vital, Healthy, Educated & Living Life!
Glamma! It’s a term that makes those of us 50 to 60+, still feel young because we are still young. Our minds are young, therefore, our ‘living’ is young! Glamma does not tie us into the ancient generic term of an old lady with gray hair, a cane, and lots of wrinkles. No, no, no! It is not that!
First of all, no one is denying the passing of time. Just the opposite. The author of the above-mentioned article was missing the entire point! I don’t deny the statement above, but my advice to the author – “don’t write about something you don’t understand.” Those of us called Glamma are NOT denying the passage of time. We are embracing it and taking advantage of all that we know and have learned to pass it on to our grandchildren in our now modern world! My opinion of the author of that article is you don’t have a clue what it feels like to be a young grandmother under the age of 60. So how can you judge? *Instead she* blasted her ‘lack of understanding of who we are, meaning Glamma’s, in the Huffington Post. I thought it was extremely offensive to all grandmothers because the author doesn’t yet understand ‘time’ and the ‘world’ we live in. She didn’t seem to be aware that for years now, women/glamma’s are not the age of past generations. For years now, Age does not define a grandmother/glamma. Mind, body, and spirit define who we are!
The Beauty of a Glamma – Are We Different Now?
I feel no different than I did when I was 30 years old. At 63, my children are grown and living their lives. I have grandchildren, one who is 18 years of age. I became a grandmother at 45! A young glamma! I say that all the time. Now, at age 63, I’m still 30 – in my head. 🙂 Even if I look in the mirror and I see some wrinkles and signs of aging – so what?! I have experienced life 🙂 It does not mean I’m old.
I am grateful to see my grandchildren grow up, thriving, and moving forward in whatever goals they choose in life. I’m proud as I watch them change day by day. I feel incredibly blessed and loved when I can provide hugs, assistance, advice, and wisdom. It is a miracle to see them grow from birth to toddlers to school-age children to teens to adults. Sometimes it reminds me that I’m aging as well, but that does not mean I have to be like the old lady image of grandmothers of the past!
I’m happy and grateful that I can get out there and dance with my 18-year-old granddaughter. I’m happy and grateful that I can teach my grandson how to ride a bike and run down the street with him as he rides. It makes me happy to teach them the ways of the world. This is the true value of a young grandmother (Glamma). No one should criticize the glamma of the world today because we are modern, smart, and up-to-date with the world!
Grandmother Love – A Double Miracle
So now – Anyone who still thinks ‘Grandma’ should be a crinkled, wrinkled old lady with a cane, should step back?! We are just as vital to the world and our families as we used to be, maybe more, because with age, comes wisdom. What’s been added to a glamma in this day and age is finesse, patience, youthful tolerance, and life experiences!
We will continue to celebrate our ‘young-ness being a glamma! 🙂 We will continue to actively be involved with our grand children’s lives and pass on the knowledge we have gained over the years.
Yes, I’m a GLAMMA and proud of it! What about you? Leave a comment below why you’re a proud glamma and tell us why? Remember no matter what they call you, a glamma is about how you feel about yourself! Mind, body, and spirit, beautiful inside and out.