For many cheddas the trials and tribulations of raising children may indeed be a dim memory but an enjoyable one which has added to the rich tapestry of our lives - a period hopefully consigned to the warm glow of memory.
But for many more, raising children is still part of our daily lives - these days many of us are ageing parents of teenagers, or parents of young adults about to experience the wonders of life as they set out on their own journey toward parenthood.
Unlike our own parents who had kids in their late teens or early 20's, more and more cheddas are still in the throes of guiding growing and still maturing children through the complexities of life. This because we baby boomers were perhaps the first generation which could control fertility - and...well, our own lives were just too busy during periods of easy employment - or the delights of travel meant we could delay having children until we ourselves had experienced the heady highlights of life and the world.
But what goes around, comes around, as they say. Having children late in our lives means we are now dealing with issues that our parents never experienced at our age, as the complexity of living multiplies many fold.
This new paradigm not only means we need to deal with a raft of complex issues never before dealt with by parents, but increasingly means we come to grandparenthood very much later than earlier generations, as our kids themselves delay reproduction - these days perhaps more economically driven than in our day.
But when our kids do manage to get around to having kids, it means we are generally less prepared and perhaps more wary of grandparenthood than that of our parents and former generations.
For many cheddas, becoming a grandparent for the first time may happen in our 60's, and sometimes later. So what is that experience like for older people? Does our life experience mean we are able to cope? Or are we set in our ways and cannot enjoy this new experience to its fullest?
Here we speak to a brand new grand dad, Rex Jory, a recently retired journalist whose career has been peppered with extreme experiences that most of us will never confront. How does becoming a grand dad for the first time compare?
Get yourself a cuppa and have a listen as Rex talks about the emotions of becoming a new grandparent. For many of you, this might be a walk down memory lane -- for many more, it might be something you are yet to experience. As Rex says, the overwhelming joy of first-time grandparenthood is one of life's great delights in our maturing years.....
Click on the arrow to the right of the speaker symbol below. Make sure your speakers are turned on, and not on 'mute'. Our interview with Rex lasts 7:15 approx.