Bond between grandparents and grandkids benefits both
What used to be the “golden years” of life for seniors is now turning into any opportunity to spend even more time with their youngest family members. Nowadays, a growing number of grandparents are called on to provide child care for their grandkids, many of whom are growing up in two-income households.
Grandparents often cite helping their own children financially as well as staying in touch with grandchildren as motivating factors behind providing care. Staying in touch with grandkids can give seniors a feeling of self-worth and improve their overall health.
When spending time together, grandparents may develop special relationships with their grandchildren, who may benefit from the knowledge and wisdom offered by their elders. The following are some lessons grandparents can share with youngsters.
* Empathy: By sharing stories of how things were when they were younger, when opportunities may have been more scarce, grandparents can help teach grandchildren empathy. Grandchildren may learn to be grateful for the things they have and the people around them, rather than taking what they have for granted.
* Family history: Grandparents can tell grandchildren about family members, including youngsters’ own parents, and shed light on the generations that came before them. Looking through photos or watching old movies can start conversations about family history and give children opportunities to ask questions.
* Interests: Children may be excited about learning new skills or hobbies taught to them by their grandparents.
* Respect: Children who grow up respecting their grandparents may have an increased tendency to respect authority figures outside their homes, which may help kids grow up to be more courteous and kind.