It comes as no surprise that involvement of grandparents with children has many health and psychological benefits to all the three parties involved, parents, grandparents and children.
Child with a strong bond with their grandparent demonstrate kindness and generosity. They are more social, confident and have less anxiety and depression.
In today’s busy world where parents have to work and juggle between so many roles, grandparents bring a wave of support and relief knowing their children are in safe and comforting environment.
With involvement of grandparents, children seem to excel in school, have a boost in self-esteem and become more emotionally aware and stable.
Parents love may seem unique but every child in their formative years require tremendous amount of attention, but during a child’s formative years, it’s also an incredibly taxed commodity.
As a parent, your bandwidth is divided into a hundred streams, with career, social obligations, keeping a track of your child’s daily schedule and your role as a disciplinarian.
Grandparents, in contrast, are juggling fewer responsibilities by this phase in life. As long as they get adequate rest, they can approach your children with more time, fresh eyes, and sufficient focus.
As the age old belief that grandparents spoil their grandchildren, but that’s not always to be seen in a bad light.
Once in a while having a lot of homemade sweets or another new toy will deepen the bond they share and benefit when they get lavished with greater attention and support.
Grandparents also bring a lot of value and lineage into a child’s life. They mentor not just spiritually but also nurture character and personality by teaching ethical values of the society.
Even Grandparents who have the accessibility to be close to their grandchildren portray many benefits to their physical and psychological health.
However, grandparent involvement is not without its challenges. Occasionally when grandparents provide regular child care, there are chances that there may be conflict and disagreement between grandparents and parents with regards to parenting.
Often unsolicited parenting advice from grandparents can lead to arguments disrupting the harmony at home.
This can also have a negative impact on children’s emotional and behavioral development. It’s important to co-parent in such circumstances.