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I’m a 54-year-old grandmother and come from a family with teenage parents

YOU may assume that all great-grandparents are elderly – but they are not.

Last month, football pundit Ian Wright announced he would become someone between the ages of 58 and 17, compared to the average age of 75.

Executive Assistant Nicky, 54, is a mother of two, a grandmother of six and a great-grandmother of one

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Executive Assistant Nicky, 54, is a mother of two, a grandmother of six and a great-grandmother of oneCredit: Damien McFadden – Authorized by The Sun
Nicky with her great-grandson Malaki and one of her grandsons

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Nicky with her great-grandson Malaki and one of her grandsons

But the former Arsenal and England striker is not the only one to buck the trend, thanks to people living longer, healthier lives.

Here, we speak to three women, Nicky Dando, Paula Bostock and Laura March, who have welcomed grandmothers in their fifties – and have been mistaken for mothers of children.

Assistant Administrator Nicky, 54, is a mother of two, a six-year-old grandmother and a great-grandmother of one. She lives with her husband, Tony, 63, an engineering planner. “I come from a family of teenage parents and I’m not ashamed of it,” she said.

“I was 16 when I was pregnant with my daughter and she was a teenager when she was pregnant with son Ty, now 21. When he was 19, his partner was pregnant with son Malaki.

“None of us claimed from the state, we worked hard and had careers. For example, my daughter, Ty’s mother, is a nurse with a degree. I am so proud.”

Nicky now loves being mistaken for three-year-old Malaki’s mother.

She said: ‘I played it off for him to call me Aunt Nic, but one day in Asda, he slipped. He called me Nanny in front of a handsome guy, probably in his thirties.

“He looked me up and down and said, ‘There’s no way you’re his man.’

“I was trolled but I am so proud of my family. We were accused of lack of work. But we are all great parents, and you can be as good a mother at 16 as you are at 26 or 36.”

Nicky, of Quedgeley, Gloucs, was shocked when her daughter told her she was pregnant in 2000. But she said: “I quickly realized it was a blessing to have a baby, and my daughter continued to work. its study.

“Now that I’m in my sixth year, I look as good as a woman in her thirties. I wear a bodycon dress, do my hair and do my makeup. It makes me giggle when I hang out with my great-grandmothers and people assume I’m their mom. You see their eyes as wide as saucers.

“I do not regret. Knowing my grandchildren and great-grandchildren has been the greatest privilege of my life. ”

Sainsbury’s worker Paula, 58, is a mother of four, a granny and a granny of one – and confounds many.

Paula, who lives with husband Gary, 56, a gas plumber who is not the father of her children, says: “People ask, ‘Do you have grandchildren?’, and was shocked when I replied, ‘Yes, I’ve got eight – and a great-grandson’. I love seeing their faces.

“The first time it happened was when my daughter, Becky, 37, gave birth to son Nathan in 2001 and we were waiting to see if there were any complications with the premature birth. A nurse turned to ME and asked ‘Mom’ how she was feeling. But Becky, 17, is Nathan’s mother and I, 38, is his grandmother. We laugh out loud.

“Since then, Becky has been repeatedly mistaken for Nathan’s sister, and I am his mother. Twenty years later, last July, I drove Nathan and my partner Jo to the hospital to give birth to our first child—my grandson, Oakley. ”

But having many children is nothing new in the Paula family. “I got married at 18 and had four children within five years,” she said.

She added: “There are benefits to being a young woman. I grew up with my children so we get along very well and I understand them better.

“I’m still young and nimble enough to wrestle with my grandchildren on the football field or play with them on the beach.”

Paula, of Helston, Cornwall, feels lucky to have four generations in her family. She said: “It was a privilege for me personally, Becky and Nathan both had life-threatening experiences.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and had five surgeries in 14 months, including a double mastectomy. Becky was critically ill 14 years old with an autoimmune disorder that damaged her kidneys and needed a transplant in 2008. I was her organ donor.

“I like to have a ‘great’ in front of my name. I used to tease Nathan when he was younger, saying, ‘I can’t wait to be a granny’, and he would say, ‘Ugh, I’ve never had a girlfriend!’ – but here we are. I hope to be a great woman – it will be a lovely family photo. ”

Meanwhile, retired teaching assistant and writer Laura, 71, is a mother of six 19-year-olds and a 15-year-old great-grandmother, including her great-grandson Maisy, 14.

Laura, of Canterbury, Kent, who is divorced, says: “I was 37 when I became an old lady. Everyone thinks I’m the mother of niece Elizabeth and I feel proud.

“I was on the moon when Elizabeth revealed she was pregnant in 2008. Being a great-grandmother at 57, for Maisy, was a wonderful thing. Family is so important to me – and because I am who I am, it’s wonderful to have that kind of love.

“I have had so many years with my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and still have the energy to play.

“I have friends who just had their first child and are always jealous of me. I like to shock people by telling them I’m a great-grandmother. “

Sainsbury's worker Paula, 58, is a mother of four, a grandmother and a great-grandmother of one - and confused many

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Sainsbury’s worker Paula, 58, is a mother of four, a grandmother and a great-grandmother of one – and confused manyCredit: Wayne Perry commissioned by the Sun
Great-grandmother Maisy, 14, great-grandmother Laura, 71, grandmother Melanie, 50, and mother Elizabeth, 32

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Great-grandmother Maisy, 14, great-grandmother Laura, 71, grandmother Melanie, 50, and mother Elizabeth, 32
Paula, left, with her great-grandson Oakley, nephew Nathan and daughter Becky

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Paula, left, with her great-grandson Oakley, nephew Nathan and daughter Becky

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