COMING HOME WITH YOUR NEW BABY: GRANDPARENTS

Grandparents play an important role in a child’s life. They provide the child with love, and may have more time to spend with him than parents, who are often both working. In turn, a grandchild can provide grandparents with much happiness and fulfilment. Elderly people, who may be retired, and especially those who are ill or lonely, may find that the child fills a void for them and adds meaning to their lives.

The benefits to the child of spending time with his grandparents are enormous. He may learn values and priorities from them that he cannot learn from his parents. They may encourage him to be aware of certain important cultural and family traditions, broadening his outlook, and providing him with a sense of his place in history. Besides all this, grandchildren and grandparents can simply have a lot of fun together!

Sometimes disagreements can occur between parents and grandparents about various aspects of the child’s upbringing. It is best if these issues are resolved early on in order to avoid ongoing tension.

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