By : Tracey Clayton
Children mostly develop through the examples made by their nearest relatives. Although most of what they learn comes from their parents, grandparents can provide a completely ample way of building character and can even become a significant, beneficial influence throughout their childhood. Grandparents and their grandchildren connect in a completely different way because of their generation gap. And, because of their age and experience, they can pass on values like respect, discipline, and politeness more easily than parents.
A Good Story
All children love a great story, and grandparents are full of them. These personal stories and accounts give kids an insight to the lives of their family members, their way of life, and what their grandparents’ and parents’ childhood was like. Apart from being an interesting past-time, children can learn to be patient, listen, and respect their elders. Moreover, they will have fun, laugh, and draw important conclusions and morals from these stories.
Teaching your family history is another way that your child can learn about its relatives. Grandparents have better knowledge of your family’s origins and all the influential family members throughout history. Besides getting all the background information about the family from the direct source, grandkids will enjoy sitting down and drawing up the family tree. This can get kids interested into history and geography, and it’s a great, personal learning experience.
The Old Photo Album
Grandparents can also provide visual insight into their earlier life through dusting off some old photo albums. These physical representatives will be great follow-up material for kids to hold while their grandmother or grandfather re-tells the story in the background. Besides this, kids can also receive a specific photo that will have an emotional meaning to them and a unique personal souvenir to bring back home.
Grandparents can also play games with kids. It is likely that they still have some old toys that their kids used to play with that they can pass on to their grandkids. Also, your grandparents have an endless source of memories with a mental history book on what games were popular throughout the years. They can teach their grandkids fun games that they can share with their friends, making them popular once again. And, since most of those games are played with simple toys or require outdoor, physical activity, it will become a healthier way of development (away from the computer screen).
Visiting the Grandparents
If their grandparents do not live in the same place as they used to, kids will have the opportunity to learn about new locations. When spending a couple of days or weeks (especially during the holidays) at their grandparents’ home, your kids will be able to explore a new town and experience their grandparents’ way of life. Kids will also be offered something completely different than what they are used to. If it’s in the countryside, kids can explore the natural wealth of the place and the old family house. They can also help in day-to-day chores which will build up their character. On the other hand, a different town provides a different scene to experience new things. Kids can visit the various sites near there, try local foods, and even make some new friends.
The Ideal Study Partner
Because of their easy-going lifestyle, grandparents have a greater amount of time on their hands. This means that they can dedicate a lot more of their day to their grandkids. They can successfully help kids with their homework and their studies. Math can be particularly difficult for kids, and because grandparents are usually patient people, they can become ideal tutors. This also provides to be a great opportunity to narrow the generation gap, by using cool math games or explaining how they use to learn when they were their age.
In the end, whenever children spend time with their grandparents, they will learn something new – things that their parents might overlook, or instill values that are specific to their generation. Kids will bond with their extended family and learn to respect their origins. And, every now and then, they will have a chance to have a fun experience in a completely different environment with people who love and support them as well.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.