The Various Roles of Today's Grandparents

May 2, 2013
Hosted by Chris Efessiou

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Episode Description

Today more than any other time in recent history, grandparents contribute to the quality of their grandchildren’s lives. Many say they are the safety net for American families. AARP’s 2011 study found grandparents are providing a great deal of direct care for their grandchildren; 11% of grandparents have a grandchild living with them (19 % among African-American grandparents,) and nearly half of them (47%) also have the grandchild's parent living with them. Moreover, 43% are the grandchild’s primary caregiver; 53% of grandparents contribute to educations costs; 37% help pay for everyday living expenses; 23% pay for medical or dental costs and 16% provide daycare services for their grandchildren when parents are at work or school. Amy Goyer, author, consultant and AARP’s Family Expert, will highlight family and caregiving issues and provide actionable tips on Thursday, May 2, at 3 PM PT–6 PM ET. Please join us live to listen to her advice and ask her your specific questions.

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Straight Up with Chris: Real Talk on Business and Parenthood will be a light-hearted show discussing serious issues aimed to encourage, inspire, teach and support parents in applying their business skills to the business of parenting and personal relationships. It will also discuss the use and usefulness of proper parenting skills as training to entering or re-entering the workforce. Chris along with his guests will share unique principles, how-to’s, ideas, methods, expertise, humor and personal experiences to best serve the needs of the listeners. You will have an opportunity to suggest topics that you want us to discuss and as a result our show will always be relevant to you.

Chris Efessiou

Chris Efessiou is an entrepreneur, business leader, international speaker, mentor, professor, father, and author of the highly acclaimed book “CDO: Chief Daddy Officer.”

In the past 20 years Chris Efessiou has founded, co-founded, developed, and managed multiple successful enterprises—all the while being a committed and present single parent.

Widely known for his business acumen, empowering management style, and out of the box thinking, Chris is committed to inspiring and guiding working parents to attain success at work and at home.

Through a variety of activities, including speaking, coaching, consulting and his book, he clearly defines the fundamentals of solid leadership critical in both arenas, and provides tools, tips and advice on how to transfer business skills to the business of parenthood and personal relationships.

A sought after mentor and teacher, Chris is a visiting professor and guest lecturer at numerous academic institutions, including George Mason University’s School of Management, and Northeastern University.

A business leader and advocate, Chris serves as member of the Management Committee of the Small Business Council of the United States Chamber of Commerce, is an advisor to corporate and academic boards, and a director on academic and charitable organization boards. He is a sought after keynote speaker on topics related to Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Using Business Skills for Personal Relationships.

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