You heard it on YEI!
It is now official, you can smother your grandies
with oodles of love, and it will only make them stronger!
The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is so special and much deeper than free babysitting and delicious cookies. Research coming out of the University of Oxford demonstrates how grandparents play a critical role in the wellbeing of their grandchildren. Grandchildren can only benefit from a positive relationship with their grandparents, and all the love makes them strong, not soft. Grandparents represent the roots of the family and this will always be with you throughout your life.
Professor Ann Buchanan from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention conducted research which showed how a high level of grandparental involvement in the upbringing of a child increased their total well-being. A study of more than 1,500 children showed that those with a high level of grandparental involvement had fewer emotional and behavioural problems. The science is pretty clear that grandparents who stay close by to their grandchildren is good for everyone. Grandparents become healthier and the children become more resilient.
The grandparent data shows that the involvement of grandfathers is different to the involvement of grandmothers. While grandmothers are more involved in nurturing, grandfathers are prone to become more involved in activities and mentoring.
Another research study by Boston College researchers found that when there were very close ties between grandparents and adult grandchildren, depression was reduced in both groups. And because longevity has kicked in, these bonds are becoming increasingly more important. Grandchildren provide grandparents with a connection to the younger generation and exposure to different ideas while keeping them mentally sharp. Grandparents offer life’s wisdom that can be put into practice by the younger generation. Grandparents tell rich stories about their lives that provide their grandchildren with an understanding of the past while enriching their lives.
Grandparents provide a built-in support system resulting in children more able to cope with the traumas of life. Children who have an understanding of where they came from enables them to feel more resilient, and in control of their lives especially when everything else seems upside down.
In Belgium, a study was done with 7-16 year old children and the results were very interesting. Those children who were close to their grandparents demonstrated less bias towards older adults. Children who were not close to their grandparents were likely to have ageist views.
So next time someone comments on you spoling your grandchildren, you can tell that not only is it okay to spoil your littlies, it’s actually the right thing to do!
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