Today, I will share with you something that is really close to my heart. When I was a kid, my parents often took me to visit my grandparents, and we used to have a lot of fun. For me, it was just a bit of freedom from all the drudgery of daily life, great food from grandma’s hands (not that mom didn’t cook well), and a lot of play time with the cousins. However, now that I am a parent, things are very different in the hindsight. I know now that those visits are invaluable and have left an indelible mark on me.
Feeling Loved is Awesome
This was during the time when we were staying in Chicago. Both, my mom and dad had jobs, and used to spend a significant part of their time out of home. Sure, they love me and my brother, and left no stone unturned in making sure that we knew it, they weren’t always there when we needed them. Naturally, we never voiced many of our apprehensions and childhood problems to them. When we actually got to visit our grandparents, they used to shower us with all the attention and love. We were mini-celebrities. We felt very comfortable sharing our problems with them, knowing that they love us unconditionally. Children need that. They need to know that there are people in their lives that love them no matter what. Then, they try and live up to the expectations of the people they love, which is very important even later in life. This is particularly true in today’s life when parents are prone to divorce and remarriage. In all that chaos, grandparents are the emotional safety net for your children.
Voice of Reason
As a parent, you have just started your journey. Your grandparents have seen the entirety of parenting. They have decades of experience on how to inculcate good values in impressionable children. Often, they can act as role models, and teach your kids important things such as respect, manners, sharing, and so on.
Unlike you, your grandparents have little or no authority over your kids. However, they are responsible for their wellbeing. This makes the kids amenable to positive changes as suggested by grandparents. The grandparents have decades of raising you and know how to approach the little ones with tips, advises and suggestions and discipline them in the capacity of a friend, without using any hard power. These relationships are forged for life.
Teacher and Historian
Grandparents have a wealth of knowledge about everything from family history to world history. My grandparents used to tell me stories about World War II, the advent of Television, silly stories about my parents, and so much more. I thoroughly loved their stories. They made it so much fun too. Your kids deserve all that knowledge and fun. Grandparents are master storytellers, and can captivate their audience with their stories. Apart from gaining important knowledge, kids also learn their grandparents’ communication skills which can come very handy when they are adults.