How Well Do You know your grandparents and how well do Your Kids Know theirs?
Most grandparents are sweet and loving people but how well do you know your grandparent and right now do your kids know their Grandparents?
Many people are lucky to still have their grandparent alive and for some, they’ve passed away.
Most grandparents are known to be the perfect children spoilers. They love to pamper their grandchildren to a point the parent starts to worry about the future of their kids.
Fortunately, the benefits of grandparents go beyond the mediocre candy in your kid’s pockets.
If you are lucky to still have your grandparent, you probably may think you or your kids know their grandparent pretty well.
Yet according to a recent survey by Ancestry.com, 68% of people surveyed admitted they don’t know how their grandparent met, and over a third don’t know what their grandparents’ occupations were.
From the survey we also learned:
56% don’t know the name of any great-grandparents
42% don’t know what their grandparents looked like when they were younger
38% can’t name the city any grandparent was born
35% can’t recall their grandmothers’ maiden names
Among many reasons why this happen – why kids don’t get to know their grandparents, here is the one you can relate with;
Grandparent (old people)/family houses are considered witches and wizard.
In a part of Nigeria, there are some people, who believe that their grandparent especially aged ones are witches, they are therefore afraid to take their kids to the village or grandparent houses.
But for how long will the myths continue?
What many seems to forget is that someday they will also become a granddad or mom. Would you like to be considered a witch or wizard? Do You know your grandparent?
Distance and Lack of Funds to Travel
Some don’t get to know their grandparents because of distance and lack of funds to travel.
You may have started your family in a new country or continent and the cost of travelling might be very expensive.
However, if you are willing you can save up for it.
They are deceased.
Unfortunately, some never get to meet their grandparents – because they are deceased.
Through researching and interviews with people who did know them, you will be able to uncover amazing stories about them.
you will see how easy it will be to know your grandparent.
The beauty and benefits of grandparents
Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, though it is often indirect.
Most of their significance to children is seen through the support and help they give to their parents.
Grandparents are often referred to as “stress buffers,” family “watchdogs,” “roots,” “arbitrators,” and “supporters.”
According to research by the gerontologist, Kids who grow up to have greater emotional closeness with grandparents are less likely to be depressed as adults.
The grandparent can be a major support during family disruptions. Sometimes they’re playmates for their grandchildren.
They’re very often role models and mentors for younger generations.
They are also historians — teaching values, instilling ethnic heritage and passing on family traditions.
Another recent research revealed that Grandparents who babysit grandkids live longer than same age adults without child-rearing responsibilities.
Researchers suspect this has something to do with staying mentally active and having a sense of purpose.
We urge you to create an opportunity to learn more about the people we wouldn’t be here without.
Spend some time with your grandparent and ask them about their life.
Where they were born. Where they lived. Get to know about their educational background.
What their first job was. Get them to share the details of their wedding day.
Wise parents foster strong relationships between grandparents and grandchildren.
Letters, phone calls, videos, audiocassettes, sharing of school work, and personal contact where possible all build bonds of love and friendship between the generations.