I have many fond memories of running inside my grandparents’ house, and raiding the cupboard for grandma’s homemade spritz cookies before my sister and I started building a fort in the basement. I can hear my grandfather’s laugh and the tender way he used to call me “honey” and I still remember the feeling of anticipation as we embarked on our epic Easter egg hunts in their yard. Being with my grandparents as a kid brought me comfort and security, and it helped build a lifelong connection to them, one that I’ve had the privilege of nurturing well into my adult years. Grandparents truly are grand in many ways, and their ability to love their grandkids unconditionally is a treasured gift. Surrounding children with a grandparent’s love and wisdom is beneficial in many ways.
Positive Impact All Around
When grandparents play a key role in the lives of their grandchildren, the benefits are multifaceted. Stephanie Cahill, licensed mental health counselor associate at LifeCast Counseling shares, “When grandparents have a key role in the lives of their grandchildren, the benefits can extend not only to the children, but also to the parents and grandparents. Oftentimes, grandparents feel less pressure to ‘get it all right’ than they did as parents. With more life experience comes a broader perspective and the opportunity to not ‘sweat the small stuff.’ All three can mutually benefit from an inter-generational influence on each other. This helps establish and maintain healthy attachment bonds within families and fosters empathy for people different from oneself, and a sense of self-worth, all of which are correlated with positive outcomes for children as they develop, and for adults throughout their lives.”