The youthfulness of our mothers

They pioneered feminist advances. At 60, our mothers are approaching their second life and do not intend to lose independence or dynamism. In her new book, Christiane Collange is studying "seniorettes". She tells us.

Anne-Laure Gannac

Happy mothers

Our mothers have taken a facelift. After 60 years, they have nothing to do with the "old ladies" of previous generations. Retirement, the departure of children and, sometimes, loneliness after a divorce or the death of their spouse no longer sound the death knell for their fulfillment. On the contrary, it is a new cycle that they begin.

Born in 1930, journalist, writer and mother of large family Christiane Collange tells about these changes.

Needed

"The family is essential for them, but seniorettes have more flexible and lighter emotional ties than their elders.First generation of released women (they turned 20 in 1968), they chose to marry or not, to have children, to divorce, to be a mother in their own way, often very liberal ... These are the first ones to benefit from a personal retirement: they do not depend any more on a husband nor their They have taken a liking to this independence, and forming a new couple is not their main objective.When they discover the pleasures of freedom, many of them shout loudly that we will not take them back more. "

Grandmother if I want

" In great shape and great availability, they take full advantage of their grandchildren, sometimes even more than they have been able to enjoy their own children. is the helpful grandmother, always there when we need her But there is no question of systematically imposing his descendants on him. His free time is precious. And while some still seem ready to play emergency nannies, they are now aware that it is a service to their children. It is no longer a duty or even an acquired fact, unlike the days of their own grandmothers who, "at their age", they said, "nothing else to do "".

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