Grandparents provide their grandchildren with acceptance, patience, love, stability, wisdom, fun, and support. This, in turn, has a positive effect on the child’s well-being. For grandparents, close relationships with their grandchildren can boost brain function, protect against depression, and increase their lifespan. In today’s world, where many families may not live close to each other, how can parents help foster close relationships between their children and their grandparents?
Parents can help grandparents and grandchildren develop close relationships by encouraging frequent contact. If possible, grandparents should be invited to visit their grandchild’s home frequently. However, while physical distance can present some challenges, there are things that can be done to encourage frequent contact.