Grandparents have the best of both worlds, they have children in their lives who they love and cherish – and they are able to spoil them rotten and return them to their parents. Even those who were less than perfect parents often times turn out to be wonderful grandparents, in large part due to they now have years of wisdom and experience under their belts. Here are some of the things that kids can learn from their grandparents.
Childhood is Fleeting
Grandparents realize how quickly youth passes and turns into adulthood ladled with stress and responsibility, therefore they are more likely to encourage children to just be young and have fun and to not sweat the small stuff.
The Importance of Family
Having grandparents involved in a child’s life can teach them that family matters and should always be there for one another. They can also teach them about their family history and extended relatives they don’t see often.
That Someone is Always There to Listen
Realizing that they have emotional support outside of the home is very important to children’s sense of well-being and security. Having a grandparent who is always there for them teaches a child about the importance of having emotional support.
Life is full of ups and downs, and grandparents have been through most of them Learning about all the obstacles a grandparent has faced in life and seeing that everything turned out alright for them in the end can help a child understand that life may not always take the path they expect it to, but they will come out ok in the end.
Learning about historical events from a text book is one thing, but listening to them be described by someone who lived through them is much more interesting. Grandparents have a lot to teach their grandchildren about the past, and hearing about how different their childhood was growing up can be very entertaining.
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