Whatever we say about grandparents won’t be enough to describe their importance in the life of their grandchildren. “Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child’s growth as vitamins” Joyce Allston says, and we can’t agree more.
The reasons why these people are “the best kind of grownups” are endless. They are a bit parents, a bit teachers, and a bit friends, and those who got to grow up by their side are the luckiest among us.
Grandparents encourage happiness – This isn’t just something we say, but it is now a scientifically proven fact. According to a recent study published in The Gerontologist, the more children and grandparents spend time together, the more depressive symptoms in both groups are reduced.
Children find a sympathetic ear in their grandmas and grandpas – Often times, little kids tend to be stubborn and refuse to listen to what their parents say. In such cases, grandparents might be the perfect people to step in and calm things down by offering help. It’s their advice that kids will likely listen to when they get mad with their parents.
They represent our identity – All those stories of how life was back in the day coming from our grandparents make us more aware of our history and traditions, something no human is complete without.
The benefits of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren are mutual – Many researchers claim that spending time with their grandkids help the elderly live longer. On the other hand, the little ones growing up surrounded by the strongest form of love there is makes them happier, more fulfilled, and better people in general.
They provide a sense of stability – No matter how hard things get, we know that our grandparents will always be there to provide comfort, stability, and a shoulder to cry on.
They make best of friends – Always there for us, making sure we are happy and pleased with everything going on around us and not putting pressure of achieving certain things the way parents do at times, grandparents make the best friends one could ask for.
Grandparents care for our needs – You know what they say, you can never leave your grandparents’ place with your stomach and heart empty. All they ever want is for us to be happy, healthy, and succeeding in life, with them always there to support our dreams.
“Grandparents are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re there.” If you still have yours in your life make sure you remind them how important they are to you and how much you love them.