Do Grandparents Really Make a Difference in the Lives of Their Grandkids?
Grandparents are two steps away from their grandchildren.
As much as you adore them, you find you might not be able to spend as much time with them as you would like.
You might also worry that you won’t be able to have as much influence as you like.
Well, interesting research shows that you may be having more of an impact than you originally thought.
What the Research About Grandparenting Says:
Involved grandparents can make a big difference in the lives of their grandchildren.
More than half of grandparents see their grandchildren in person at least once a week, while 92% of grandparents report having changed a grandchild’s diaper. This time and care manifests itself in healthier happier grandchildren.
Dr. Karl Pillemer of Cornell University wrote, “Research shows that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel their grandparents influenced their values and behaviors. Grandparents transmit to their grandchildren the values and norms of social order.”
A recent AARP survey of grandparents confirms that grandparents are comfortable giving advice to their grandchildren.
For example, 78% of grandparents say they have discussed values with their grandchildren.
Grandparents can also have a special role teaching family history.
How do you share your knowledge and skills with your grandchildren?
Do you have a particular philosophy or approach or do you just do with the flow?