4 Reasons Why Grandparents Are Essential To Your Children

“The glory of the elderly is their insight to life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

Do you know what the second most important relationship in your child’s life is? It’s not their teachers or friends, it’s actually their grandparents! Sure it seems obvious, but positive relationships with grandparents actually have long-term health benefits. In fact, a study by Boston College showed that a close relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is associated with less symptoms of depression.

1. Grandparents Impact Grandchildren’s Lives- Family bonds are often the strongest that you and your young ones enjoy in life. What’s more important is the positive impact grandparents have on their grandchildren. They often share their values with children, and more importantly, they’re the greatest sources of family history your young one will ever have.

2. Generational Experience- Who could be the better source for you and your child’s knowledge than someone who has already raised a family. All the parenting books in the world can’t replace first-hand experience. Grandparents can their childhood experiences, parenting skills and life lessons to use in helping you with your little one, while still coaching you on important aspects of life.

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3. Grandparents are Indispensable- No one is replaceable. Everyone has a unique perspective and life experiences to share with the world around them, and grandparents are the pinnacle of both experience and perspective. The days are often filled with firsts and showers of gifts—first times fishing, golfing, playing shuffleboard, cards and everything else! The time that’s spent with grandparents is precious because it has a limit and its value is measured in experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime.

4. The Ever-Changing Roles- Grandparents have a wealth of knowledge and experience, just think about any story at Thanksgiving. They’re mentors, spiritual guides, nurturers, teachers and friends. They’ve lived through their childhood, the tumultuous times of the world as they grew up, their own adulthood and parenting as well. They may be one of the single greatest individual resources your child can ever benefit from.

All of this goes to say, valuing our elders and grandparents is important. They’ve seen and lived through the changes of the world. Instilling that reverence will grow your familial bonds and leave our collective world in a better place.