Grandparents have always played a significant role in family life, but over the past few decades, many have had greater responsibility for their grandchildren because of changes in society and families.
They’re the major providers of child care for preschool children, especially for toddlers and babies, when both their parents are in the workforce. They also help parents with school-age children by caring for them during school vacations and picking them up from school.
Grandparents surround their grandchildren with a very special love — one that is more patient, fun and accepting and less critical than the one kids receive from their parents. This kind of love imparts a feeling of comfort, security and safety. This sense of belonging is very important during a kid’s adolescence, when they have conflicts with their parents or feel like they do not fit in at school.
That’s why many kids develop strong relationships with their grandparents and are grateful for their support and love.
Kids who have strong relationships with their grandparents are more likely to stay out of trouble; have better performance in school; demonstrate more prosocial behaviors such as generosity and kindness; and have less depression and anxiety than those that do not.
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