The relationship between grandchildren and grandparents starts from the first time Grandma or Grandpa gets to hold of the child. Grandparents will always love their grandchildren, even when they get older. We think this relationship is self-evident and normal, but in this article we would like to show you why this can also be important for children.
Grandparents get a little homesick when they see their son or daughter playing with the grandchild. This takes them back to the time when they could play with their children and had to take care of their own children. Somewhere they want to experience all those moments for themselves. So when they have the chance to play with their grandchildren or have to babysit for an evening, they won’t hesitate to jump right in.
Fun with the grandchildren
After a whole life full of all kinds of daily activities such as working, raising children, housekeeping, etc…, grandparents are in a period where they can enjoy life and have fun with their grandchildren. The task of raising the grandchildren effectively lies with the parents themselves, so the only thing the grandmother has to worry about is having fun with them. When the children are with their grandparents, only ‘Granny and Granddad’s rules’ apply, and we all know that these are not as strict as the rules of the mother and father of the child. For the grandparents, nothing beats pampering the grandchildren.
The life lessons of our grandparents
When we are young, we don’t like to listen to the stories of our grandparents, but when we get older, we realize that we can actually use them. This is because our grandparents have just been through more, they can recognize situations and tell us how they dealt with them. Often, it is easier to go to grandparents with a problem, because they look at the story from a different perspective. Grandparents enjoy it when they can pass on their bits of knowledge to a younger generation.
Stories of “the good old days”
Nowadays, we grow up with phones, tablets, laptops and all kinds of electronics. This is very ‘normal’ for us, but when you ask your grandmother or grandpa how their childhood was, they probably won’t tell you that they sent each other a text after school, when they wanted to. They will probably tell you about how they had to plan everything weeks in advance because otherwise it wouldn’t happen. When you take an interest in your grandparents’ past, you will see them passionately telling you about how they grew up. They will shine when you browse through an old photo album with them, as they share the story of each photo.
All in all, it’s fun to be a grandmother or grandfather, especially when the grandchildren are visiting. So, a little tip for when you next visit your grandparents and don’t really feel like it: Ask for photo albums or memories, and maybe they’ll surprise you with their stories or teach you new and useful things through their experience.