Children benefit from having consistent, caring adults in their lives and grandparents also benefit from having young children in their lives. They have a clearly defined role and a sense of belonging and purpose in their later years, boosting their self-esteem, keeping them happy and healthy as it adds a sparkle to their day! It is an important relationship bringing a different perspective of wisdom, a sense of identity and extended family relationships.
Grandparents play a major role in a grandchild’s life as a friend, story teller, role model, confidante - it’s a different kind of love. Grandparents often establish a relationship where they can be a friend to their grandchild - parents are often caught up in the urgent business of day to day life establishing boundaries and routines, particularly when their children are little. Grandparents usually have a lot more time to just relax and be with their grandchildren, building their relationship, strengthening the bonds of affection and establishing a special closeness so that many young children even include granny and grandad in their list of friends!
It’s also a bonus when working parents can rely on grandparents for babysitting support. They not only have peace of mind knowing their children are in reliable and capable hands. Their children also love being doted on by their grandparents, especially since granny and grandad often have sweets, chocolates or treats!