The Roles That Grandparents Play!
ParentEdge|July - August 2019
The Roles That Grandparents Play!

No doubt, Grandparents are a great blessing.

Anjali Rao

Near or Far

And that is why there are hundreds of proverbs and quotes that express the importance of grandparents in our lives. Being a vital link in the family, they truly impact their grandchildren’s lives.

From the time that children are babies to the teenage phase, whether they live near or far, grandparents play an important role in a child’s life. For grandparents who live hundreds or thousands of miles away, technology has made it easier to build the relationship with grandchildren. FaceTime, Skype, Whatspp etc. bridge the physical distance as real-time communication is possible with these. Facebook and other social networking sites help grandparents in staying in touch with teenage and young adult grandchildren. Quality time with grandparents can be very rewarding to children and helps in shaping them into happy individuals.

The Different Roles

Here are a few out of the many roles that grandparents play:

1 Nurturer

Grandparents provide unconditional love to their grandchildren in abundance. They give comfort and care during times of sadness or trouble. Regardless of the child’s age, they overlook the faults of their grandchildren and focus only on giving them unconditional love. They dote on them and make sure they give extra care and attention. Grandparents play a very important role in moulding children’s character. Above all, they also ensure grandchildren are never hungry! It is the grandma or grandpa’s privilege to indulge them with special treats. Even with achy knees, Grandma will stand and cook for hours to make her grandchild a favourite meal. Granny’s kitchen always exudes that delicious aroma that is etched into our memories forever. Let’s not forget long walks in the park or beach with Grandpa. They are never in a rush and have all the time for their grandchildren!

2 Babysitter

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