Why grandparents matter

Grandparents are an emotional support for children and young people: love, affection and satisfaction united in the same person. … Perhaps the most important point is that they provide emotional stability for children and play a decisive role in times of family adversity as they help during times of stress in the family.
Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel that their grandparents influenced their beliefs and values. A child’s perspective of what constitutes a healthy, normal relationship is shaped by the relationship that he or she holds with a grandparent. Through regular contact, a sense of emotional intimacy, and unwavering support, children can experience what a true, positive relationship should look like.
Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share. Often, 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.
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.
Grandparents instill values and knowledge in the lives of grandchildren. And these may be similar to those instilled in their children, but they may also be ones that come from a different school of thought that has been lost. They teach values and lessons that have timeless meaning, such as how to converse and have manners in a digital world.
Grandparents carry stories. They carry stories about the times they lived in, the experiences they had, the way things used to be, and big events that shaped the nation. They have stories about divisive issues from our past. They also have stories about the family history that helps grandchildren learn about their culture and background. These stories and family histories not only keep the past alive, they also teach valuable life and character lessons. There is no stating the importance these lessons carry in how a grandchild grows and makes choices in their life.

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