These grandparents had the opportunity to spend a beautiful, crisp fall day with their grandchildren. It was a day filled with memories that will not soon be forgotten. Do you have fond memories of your grandparents? Of your grandchildren? If not, take the time to create some. You won't regret it.
Ah, the wonderful relationship that is shared between grandchild and grandparent. There are the outward benefits, such as being able to spoil them, enjoy them, then hand them back to Mom & Dad. But what about the intrinsic benefits, the ones that people may not see or even realize are there?
There are important benefits of a child’s relationship with their grandparents, for all involved. How about lower rates of depression? Stronger bonds within the family may be obvious, but it also provides a connection to a much younger generation with exposure to different ideas, and vice-versa. Life’s wisdoms that can only be obtained through a wealth of experience can be passed down as lessons that can be maximized later in life. Stories from Grandma and Grandpa of first-hand historical perspectives can also enrich childrens’ lives and understanding of the past.
Grandparents are a wonderful compliment to a good-quality parental relationship and both of these relationships reduce adjustment difficulties in children. Everyone benefits, and it’s a win-win for all! But let us not forget the most important benefit of Grams & Gramps: the snuggles & stories, treats & giggles, and the hugs that last long after they let go.