If you think no one can love children more than their parents can - think again! Grandparents not only love their grandchildren unconditionally but also bring a lifetime of invaluable experiences to their lives.
Grandparents are a lot more tolerant and accommodating when it comes to their grandkids. If their own kids were to do something similar, they would’ve surely gotten an earful. This is because grandchildren bring a new lease of life, revitalizing them and taking them back to their younger days.
Spending time with their grandparents, meanwhile, is an equally enriching experience for children and benefits them in many ways –
Grandparents can be good sounding boards and source of comfort for their grandchildren
Most kids are aware of how hard their parents work. And, while they might be young, it’s an equally tough world out there for kids. They are daily trying to navigate through school stress, homework load, and friend issues. It takes a toll on them, and most times, they may feel more comfortable sharing their problems and concerns with their grandparents, who tend to be less judgmental and are always eager to offer a friendly ear.
Also, grandparents are a lot more supportive and encouraging when it comes to their dreams and career aspirations. They are always there to patiently listen and be empathic towards their grandchildren’s fears.
They help their grandkids connect the dots to understand their lineage and family tree
The often heard and repeated “Hamaray Zamanay mein toh” stories about their life growing up, teach children about their lineage. This helps children get a glimpse of how life was in the past. It helps them to strengthen their identities and keeps them connected to their cultural heritage and family traditions.
It is a mutually beneficial relationship – Leading to happy kids and content grandparents
Grandparents, when interacting with their grandkids stay connected to the world as it is now. Whether it is listening to the views of younger people, learning to take a selfie, trying to make sense of that ‘senseless’ new song, booking a cab online, or navigating through endless searches to learn a new recipe from YouTube; none seem challenging when you have your own little helper to guide you.
On the other hand, the overall wellbeing and upbringing of children is greatly affected by the positive involvement of their grandparents’ caring role. Playing a new game with dadu or learning to make gulab jamuns with dadi, all add to the precious moments in a child’s life. Moreover, it is a known fact that children with a high level of positive grandparental involvement display fewer emotional and behavioural problems and are seen to be more secure and much happier.
They can be excellent mentors, role models, and friends
Spending time with grandparents is an invaluable experience. Without imposing too much pressure on their grandkids, they can be a great source of companionship for them. Plus, since they have more flexibility in this regard, they don’t have to be as strict as parents are.
Grandparents teach kids the importance of having good moral principles and values. They serve as excellent role models and mentors because of all that they have achieved and learnt from their life experiences.
So, even when the parent-child relationship may sometimes be complex, the grandparent-grandchild relationship is mostly effortless and simple. For kids, their grandparents are the perfect companions to play with and have fun. They help kids discover the endless wonders of life through their patience, love, and support.
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