“A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher and a little bit best friend”.
All my growing up memories are incomplete without my grandparents. When my mother was busy looking after our home and my newly born brother, my grandma was my go-to person. Lunch time was my favourite (yes I didn’t wreak havoc during meal times thanks to dadi ki kahani) when she narrated so many fascinating stories about her childhood, her days as a teacher, how they spent only annas to buy things, how my grandpa was a freedom fighter and my hero. Of course, being the first grandchild, I was the cynosure of all eyes.
Today, when I see my son having a prodigious bond with his grandparents I feel assured for some reason. I feel that he is growing up with the right values, the right attitude and an emotionally intelligent person. Yes, there is a huge generation gap between them but that’s where the magic begins. There is so much that he learns from them about values, ethics, religion, family history and traditions that we as parents could not have shared with him. Time spent with grandparents just happens to be the time kids de-stress, confide into and the time they see there is love in this world even beyond their own parents.
Role of the grandparents is not just baby-sitting when parents are busy working and looking after our kids, but they are pillars of strength in any family. They transmit wisdom, experience, tranquility, affection, stability and basically let them grow emotionally. And I cannot fail to me mention, to spoil them big time! J Even if your kids are not living close to their grandparents, let them bond with them – help them write letters (who does that right?) or face time them.
It is also true the other way around. Today when we are so busy with our jobs and careers and an upbeat social life, our kids provide the source of purpose to our parents. They feel important, they feel needed and most of all they feel active around the kids. Kids can help them keep their minds active and abreast with everything that is happening today.
Let’s just say “Grandparents make the world … a little softer, a little kinder, a little warmer”.