The purpose of grandparents

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The purpose of grandparents

Did you know that there are only three species in the world that have menopause? The orca whale, the pilot whale, and human beings. That means that about a third of our human beings lives, we are young, energetic, efficient, wise, and infertile. Now, why has that evolved? Let's think about it. It takes a really long time to raise a human being. Most other animals are, basically, running with the pack within a few hours of coming out of mom's womb. Not human beings. There is a three or four year in arms or in stroller phase, that takes more than one adult. In other words, if there happened to be a grandmother who was infertile and had all this time an energy on her hands, and she helped out with her grandchildren, those grandbabies had a better chance to survive. It really takes multi-generations to raise a human being.

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Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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