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Traditional Roles of Grandparents

by Kathryn Hatter, studioD

The role of grandparents in a family has changed to encompass a wider array of responsibilities, including caring for grandchildren. While these differences are unavoidable in many circumstances, the traditional role of grandparents still exists for many patriarchs and matriarchs of their families.

Supporting Parents

Raising children is challenging, and parents often need the emotional support provided by grandparents, according to the Forever Families website. Grandparents can serve as the foundation of the family, lending a listening ear, sage advice, gentle suggestions and acting as mediators in the event of family squabbles. When parents feel the steadfast support of grandparents behind them, they'll likely feel more secure and confident as they raise their children.

Link to History

Grandparents serve as a vital link between the past and the present. Grandparents possess valuable information about family history, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Health Services Administration Building Blocks website. By spending time with grandchildren, grandparents can pass tidbits of family history to the youngsters. Many grandparents also possess valuable wisdom and life experiences that both parents and children can tap into to learn.

Extended Family Bond

Children often benefit from having a strong bond with grandparents because when people have a child's best interests as a priority, the better it is for the child. Grandparents have a special way of helping children feel valued and important, according to the KidsHealth website. The focused attention children often receive from grandparents can enhance learning and developmental skills.

Trusted Babysitters

Many parents prefer using their own parents as babysitters for their offspring -- whether it's for an occasional evening out or for regular work hours. Grandparents care for grandchildren for a variety of reasons, including the enjoyment they experience, helping parents save money and to have an opportunity to pass family values down to children, according to a MetLife publication titled, "Grandparents Investing in Grandchildren."

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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