Role of Grandparents in a child’s life
The relationship between children and their grandparents is incredibly special. For children, having grandparents around while growing up can have many benefits.
A healthy connection always facilitates positive growth in the child. Additionally, it can be said that a child’s perspective of what constitutes a healthy relationship is also shaped by the relationship that he or she holds with their grandparent(s).
In fact, the relationship also has positive effects on the grandparents. According to the American Grandparents Association, 72% of grandparents think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.
- Aid in vocabulary building and speech development, through the sharing of stories, talking with the child, etc.
- Impart knowledge about the world, 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