Anthropologists and evolutionary theorists who have studied family relationships throughout history identify grandparents as playing an important part in helping parents ensure the physical survival of their children. While not a popular subject for research, studies of modern societies too show how the involvement of grandparents can help their grandchildren’s resilience and overall healthy development. Researchers demonstrated the cognitive benefits to grandparents of minding a grandchild for one day per week. The enhancing of the grandchild-grandparent connection leads to gains on both sides.
You have a joyous opportunity to support the next generation. Be yourself, be firm but fair, and bond through tradition.
by Jill Lawson