We've all had those moments of complete relief whenever we drop our kids off with their grandparents or they come to visit and you know that you can at least squeeze in a shower by yourself. Ahh pure bliss. Not only are our children completely safe and comfortable with their grandparents, but it also gives us peace of mind knowing they are getting some quality time with the people who raised us. It turns out though, that the influence that grandmothers have on their grandchildren does more than make you feel good inside, as their influence plays a huge role on your children.
The truth is that grandparents have the ability to clue into things about our children that other people can't, as well as teach lessons and in some cases have more patience with our little ones that we're able to give while in the thick of parenthood. Their huge influence is something that our kids will remember for a lifetime.
First, the function of the grandparents opens up so many doors for bonding experiences. Furthermore, research shows that whenever grandparents are a regular part of their grandchildren's lives results in extreme closeness. And this goes for every type of grandparent - the strict ones, the hands-on ones, the travel with you ones, the cool ones and everything in between.
Grandparents are able to show that learning is fun, in ways that sometimes parents may not. When we, as busy parents, might not have as much time to get down on our hands and knees and draw with chalk, play trucks or with dolls, grandparents are more inclined to do those things. Whenever they show their grandchildren that they are good playtime partners, children will trust that they are good study partners, too.
And of course, the many, many talks and stories that grandparents are able to share create a trust that is pretty unbreakable. It is not uncommon for a child to share a special secret with a grandparent instead of telling their parents because of this trust and thrive on their understanding, yet fair attitude. This happens because grandparents are able to be softer and more gentle than the parents might be, as they are removed from the everyday chaos of parenting.
At the end of the day, the more time that can be spent with grandparents the better. Hello date night.