As parents, we’ve all heard how vital positive parent-child relationships are for children’s social and emotional development. There are numerous research stuďïệs and supporting statistics that highlight the multiple advantages of parent-child solid bonds. What isn’t consistently recognized is the positive impact a close relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild can have on the happiness and well-being of the entire family. Put, having grandparents nearby is beneficial to everyone. A healthy relationship between a grandchild and their grandparent benefits both parties, and here’s why:
Grandparents promote happiness – This isn’t just soмєтнing we say; it’s now a scientific fact. According to a recent study published in The Gerontologist, the more time children and grandparents spend together, the fewer depressive symptoms in both groups.
Grandmothers and grandfathers offer a sympathetic ear to children – Little kids are often stubborn and refuse to listen to what their parents say. In such cases, grandparents may be the ideal people to step in and help to calm things down. When children are upset with their parents, they are more likely to listen to their advice.
Grandparents have a wealth of knowledge. Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences to share from their own lives. Children will frequently listen to grandparents even if they are not listening to their parents or other adults. Grandparents also connect a child to their cultural heritage and family history. Children gain a better understanding of who they are and where they came from due to their relationship with their grandparents.
They represent our identity – Hearing our grandparents’ stories about how life used to make us more aware of our history and traditions, which no human is complete without.
The benefits of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren are mutual – According to many researchers, spending time with grandchildren helps the elderly live longer lives. On the other hand, growing up surrounded by the purest form of love possible makes children happier, more fulfilled, and better people in general.
They provide stability – No matter how difficult things become, we know that our grandparents will always be there to provide comfort, peace, and a shoulder to cry on.
They make the best friends – Always there for us, making sure we are happy and satisfied with everything that is going on around us, and not putting pressure on us to achieve specific goals the way parents sometimes do, grandparents make the best friends one could ask for.
Grandparents look after our needs – You know what they say: you can never leave your grandparents’ house with an empty stomach or heart. All they ever want is to be happy, healthy, and successful in life, with them constantly by our sides to support us.
“Grandparents are stars.” They’re not always visible, but you know they’re there.” If you still have one, make sure to tell them how important they are to you and how much you adore them.