What a lovely turn out we had on Grandparents' Day. It was so lovely for all to spend some time together. Thanks to those who brought in a plate for morning tea - there were some amazing bee cupcakes that I wasn't quick enough to get a picture of! Having grandparents around is good for everyone. This relationship can have a positive impact and lead to happiness for the whole family. Here's 5 reasons why a good relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is beneficial.
1. Grandparents truly impact their grandchildren's lives. Grandparents influence children's beliefs and values. The perspective of what constitutes a healthy, normal relationship can be built from the one a child has with their grandparent.
2. Grandparents can greatly reduce household stress. A 2014 study at Boston College found that “an emotionally close relationship between grandparent and grandchild is associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations.” For kids, having grandparents around means having the perfect companions to play with and have fun. Grandparents are some of the best partners when it comes to using creativity and imagination to discover the wonders of life. And in turn, most grandparents truly love their role. According to the American Grandparents Association, 72% of grandparents think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.
3. Grandparents have a great amount of experience. Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share. Oftentimes children will listen to grandparents even when they are not listening to their parents or other adults. Grandparents also offer a link to a child’s cultural heritage and family history. Children understand more of who they are and where they come from through their connection with their grandparents.
4. Grandparents provide a sense of security. Especially during tough times, having an extra layer of support can make a big difference in a child’s life. Studies have shown that close grandparent-grandchild relationships during the teenage years are associated with less behavioural and emotional problems and fewer social difficulties with peers. Grandparents offer an extra ear when kids need someone to talk to, because sometimes children just find it easier to open up and share their difficulties and problems with their grandparents.
5. Grandparents offer an affordable childcare option. With both parents in many families working outside of the home, it is oftentimes the grandparents that play a vital role in raising today’s youth. Grandparents provide for the basic needs of a grandchild, while even more take care of their grandchildren on a regular basis. If they are willing and able, having a grandparent act as either an occasional babysitter or a paid childcare provider gives many parents a great sense of comfort knowing that they are leaving their children in capable and caring hands.