It is said that when your first grandchildren arrive, you will find out what true love really is. It is a bond that goes deeper than blood; it is a union of two generations that leaves a lasting emotional mark, for nothing produces such a sense of satisfaction as being a grandchild, and later in life, being a grandparent.
When these new family members arrive, the relationship between parents and children changes: if being a mother was wonderful, later satisfaction grows when you become a grandmother or grandfather. It is a new stage in the life cycle that is enriching for all, and when differences shrink and bonds become stronger.
The union of the two distant generations is sometimes more intense and special than that of the nearer generations. The roles are more relaxed and a unique language and understanding is formed between them, a love that saturates the afternoon snacks and evening tales.
The arrival of grandchildren and the creation of new bonds
Each grandparent, parent, and grandchild forms an interesting part of the plot of the story of generations, in which everyone has a definite role. Today, we all know that the importance of grandparents for the well-being of their grandchildren is fundamental, but the question remains in the air as to whether they also have a duty to raise children.
In the community, we are ultimately all responsible for teaching future generations. Parents, school and even the media are involved. However, grandparents have already taken on the responsibility of raising their own children, and now, with their grandchildren, they deserve a more relaxed role based on caring and emotional heritage.
According to a study by the University of Oxford, grandparents play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. The Spanish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs came to the same conclusion, going even a step further, considering them to be key players in the functioning of the country as well.
The role of grandparents in modern society
Nowadays, grandparents are made up of important people in society. Life expectancy has increased and in many homes both fathers and mothers work, leaving childcare at the expense of grandparents.
It has been suggested that the more grandparents participate in their lives, the stronger the psychological well-being of children.
Grandparents are also vital in the homes of divorced or unemployed parents. The emotional and financial support that parents give to their children is positively reflected in the children. Grandparents rise to a significant, positive role in such situations.
The role of grandchildren in the lives of grandparents
Through their grandchildren, grandparents not only experience intergenerational continuity, but also see their own lives change as generational roles change.
Aging should not be defined solely on the basis of the material achievements a person has accumulated during his or her lifetime. The process of wise aging includes an understanding that the most important things in our lives are the bonds we create, and the appreciation of the emotional richness that stays with us when we are no longer here.
Gratitude is the greatest legacy of grandparents
Teaching gratitude is one of the best legacies a grandparent can leave behind. Oddly enough, the biggest criticism of older people is that they give children too many gifts. They secretly give them money and special names on normal days.
Grandparents are wise, and they know that the best legacy they can leave for new generations is an emotional footprint.
Offering gratitude is a great way to teach others to appreciate. In that way, children learn to appreciate things and see the world in a respectful way.
Gratitude is also about letting the world move a little slower; understanding that everything has its structure, rhythm and principles; knowing that getting what you want right now is not always possible or advisable.
Another significant aspect of gratitude is learning what is really important in our lives. If children understand this from an early age, we will help them grow mature and wise.