Diversity

May 16, 2023

Grandparents really are Grand!

Sophie Allen
Sophie Allen
Grandparents really are Grand!

Grandparents are a huge part of our families. They are the ones who teach us how to be a good person, what it means to be a good friend, and how to have a positive outlook on life. They are the ones who give us advice, share their wisdom and tell us stories about their lives. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is something that cannot be broken, no matter what challenges come their way.

A kinship carer is someone who looks after another person’s child on a full-time basis. As of February last year, there were over 200,000 kinship carers in the UK, and 63% of all grandparents with grandchildren under 16, help out with childcare. Plus, the proportion of grandparents who are of working age is set to grow as the retirement age gradually rises. 

The advantages for parents of involving grandparents with their children were uncovered in the research undertaken by the University of Berkley, which discovered that parents who communicated more openly with their children had more cooperative co-parenting relationships with their grandparents.

Letting Grandparents know about your way of parenting will make everyone feel more at ease and feel more confident and happier about spending quality time together. Also, it’s important that you all ‘sing from the same hymn sheet’, especially when it comes to healthy living and eating. 

Grandparent and newborn

Grandparent and newborn

Benefits of Grandparent-Grandchild relationships for children

Children can witness different relationships

Your child will begin to observe several forms of relationships, including those between you and them, and the relationship you have with your parents, and build upon the one between them and their grandparents. A Belgian study into Ageism found that the youngest children had the lowest levels of ageism due to spending fun, and quality time with Grandparents!

Grandparents are great teachers

With their lifetime experience of being a parent with you from day one until now, grandparents are full of wisdom! With the world being so advanced with technology and everything at our fingertips, teaching children about not taking things for granted is also a special and important lesson to learn.

Sharing traditions

There is a wealth of fascinating knowledge that grandparents can pass on to children to help them learn more about their history. When families get together to celebrate birthdays or annual occasions, old rituals can be passed down and children can learn about how people celebrated in the past.

Children can develop social skills

Getting along with others, having social skills, and relating to adults are all vital skills to build. These skills will take time to grow and mature in young children, but being around older generations of a family can improve their abilities and provide them with a well-rounded early education.

Even if their grandparents are no longer alive, socialising with family members from different generations is good. We can learn so much from other people, and it's wonderful to receive a new viewpoint on life, so doing your best to help your child obtain that alternate perspective is fantastic.

Grandparents help support children's emotional intelligence

According to a study conducted by the University of Oxford, children who spent more time with their grandparents had a lower risk of having emotional and behavioural issues, and were far better off in terms of emotional intelligence, than children who did not have grandparents involved in their lives.

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