Parenting - Family | 0-18 yrs

Why Children Need Grandparents


"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." – Alex Haley

Children's relationship with their grandparents is truly special. Not only do grandparents play an important role in a child’s health and well-being, they also provide stability and support to the child in various situations.

How many times have you, as a child, faced the wrath of your parents after doing something naughty only to be saved by your grandparents? From trivial issues such as homework struggles and learning to read, to serious ones like separation, or death, of parents – grandparents provide the much-needed moral support to a child in trouble.

Debjani Arora in her article, '6 reasons why your child needs to spend time with grandparents', published in stresses on the importance of grandparents. According to her, after parents, grandparents are most important individuals in a child's life. Some reasons why children need grandparents are:

  • They teach values and morals gained from experience over the years.
  • They are the best caregivers after parents and give unparalleled love to children.
  • They act like pillars of support by extending their sympathy to their grandchildren when they are punished by their parents.
  • Grandparents' love is unconditional, that is, it is not based on how their grandchildren perform in academics or other areas of life.

Brett and Kate McKay in their article published in say that children who have strong relationships with their grandparents demonstrate more prosocial behaviours like kindness and generosity, and less anxiety and depression than those who don’t.

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