Always considered as substitute educators, grandparents occupy an important place in the educational life of small children. They bring them not only care and affection but accompany them throughout their growth.
The free time enjoyed by grandparents allows them to assist parents and to be more present in the education of children. They seem to enjoy more free time. Because of this, they are less stressed and more apt to give the maximum of their affection. Let's just remember the day we went to visit them when we were kids. It was nice, comforting and reassuring.
According to an analysis of the Francophone Union of Parents' Associations of Catholic Education (UFAPEC), grandparents hold an important role within the family and present an asset not to be neglected.
Influence of grandparents on small children
The relationship between the two generations is not limited to comfort, but goes far beyond it. Children who spend a lot of time with their grandparents have different education from those who rarely or never see their ancestors.
Respect for the elderly
Children who spend more time with their grandparents not only feel respect for them, but also for all seniors.
With grandparents, children know that they will never be punished and will be pampered; because they are less demanding than parents and they do not judge their nonsense in the first degree. The result is a more meaningful rapprochement, making ancestors, devoted confidants. They can tell nonsense, being small, or tell their love disappointment in the comforting arms of their grandmother, being teenagers. Be that as it may, the grandparents are chosen first to reveal their miseries.
Grandparents pass on family values from generation to generation. History and tradition are part of the family patrimony. So with photos and stories, they instill in children theheritage customs through important family events. All this reinforces children's love and interest for their families.
Pillar of the family
Grandparents are seen as the pillar on which the whole family can lean. Symbol of stability and anchorage, they are a bulwark on which little children rest to feel supported, especially in difficult times. They know they will be understood and helped, no matter how serious the situation.
Listening and understanding
They are always there to listen and understand the grandchildren. A special trust reigns between them and the secrets are shared with great complicity. An open mind widens even more between the two generations, even pushing children to ask them the most relevant and audacious questions about their past life. They are simply happy with this sharing and this love unconditional that binds them.
Grandparents can mediate between parents and children, especially in the case of conflict. They can thus solve certain problems and minimize the harmful consequences of certain conflicts that can go as far as separating and tearing apart a family, bringing a fair judgment and above all a calm and serenity to the family.
Educational boundaries not to exceed
It is therefore important that children spend more time with their grandparents. However, it is important that they respect the rules imposed by parents so as not to hinder their planned educational journey. While it is important to immerse oneself in the cultural heritage, it is equally interesting to bring a new education, adapted to the modern world.
Christiane Collange, journalist, made it clear in her book Sacred grandmothers, that grandparents today, do not exceed the role of parents and no longer have as much freedom as the grandparents of fifty years ago.
The most important thing is that they remain loving and can say "I love you" to their grandchildren.
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