Role of Grandparents in a child’s life

The relationship between children and their grandparents is special. For children, having grandparents around while growing up can have many benefits.

A healthy connection always facilitates positive growth in the child. 

The relationship also has positive effects on the grandparents. 

  • Staying with grandparents aids in vocabulary building and speech development through stories, a regular conversation with the child
  • Impart knowledge and awareness through their wisdom and experiences. They literally ‘carry stories’ with them
  • Offer unconditional love and support
  • Play buddies for children, it is fun and exciting for both parties- they may explore different creative modalities of play and imagination
  • They share the values of tradition, family, culture with children from their experiences
  • Emotional support systems for children. Especially during tough times, having an extra layer of support can make a big difference in a child’s life. 
  • Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share. 
  • They offer a link to a child’s cultural heritage and family history
  • They can act as mentors, guiding children in making certain decisions
  • May be primary caretakers for the child when parents are not around, thus helping the parents too

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