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A Grandparent's Everlasting Duty

Updated on March 20, 2014

Grandparents have their grandchildren’s attention in a very special way. Sometimes, though, that advantage goes to waste because grandparents don’t realize what wonderful people they’d make, or how greatly their own children would appreciate help in raising their children.

As Teachers

.Most parents have to learn the hard way that children actually have very good memories. But it’s a proven fact that from a very early age, kids can repeat word exactly what you should not have said.

Kids mimic good behavior, too, even when modeled by people other than their parents. Coaches, teachers and active teens are often credited by young people with having a powerful impact on everything from their batting stance; to their choice of career.

Grandparents, in this case, enjoy a unique advantage as teachers. First, of course, the relationship has a depth permanently and comfort level unequaled by any but that of a parent and child. That does not mean that every grown son or daughter appreciates their folks’ advice on every aspect of childhood – baby names and pacifier use are a couple items to steer clear of.

By recognizing and demonstrating the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong at “teachable moments,” grandparents can teach the behaviors of virtue. While parents, of course, can do the same things to their own kids, grandparents still have something unique to offer the development of a child. They have a different and less-driven view of the world that makes it easier for a child to adapt with fullness of fun and high spirits.

Do you know why grandchildren are always so full of energy? They suck it out of their grandparents. ~ Gene Perret

Grandparents also want their grandchildren to develop virtues sooner rather than later. If you're the typical parents, you know the thrills of seeing your child come home from grandma's neater and more polite.

As Bestfriend


Grandparents also don’t feel they need to try to shape the child into something the child might not want to be shaped into. Because grandfathers and grandmothers are not directly responsible for the day-to-day care and discipline, they are able to assume the job of a friend and confidante. This allows children to feel more comfortable discussing sensitive issues with a grandparent than with their own parents.

It is so much joy for a child to receive something from grandma or grandpa. Older children and adolescents, especially whose parents have separated, divorced, or those living in single-parent or step-family households, see their grandparents as sources of comfort. Time spent with them helps equip grandchildren with better social skills and fewer behavior problems.


A World of Support

Every grandparent can see that when parents are stressed, children are stressed. This is where grandparents come in -- by offering words and assurances on things turning out OK. They may not solve everything, but older people are a great resource.

You and Your Parents

Old Dad and Mom help you become more realistic about your own lives by remembering your own childhood. Despite the many "uncertainties" caused by today's noise, your parents are the best people to give you an island of peace. It's them reminding you about family time and how you have savored every sense of belongingness, love and security back to your own home.

Your Parents and Your Children

Your parents are living witnesses of the many things you have survived when you were young. They can tell your children how you have played ball and how playing ball remained among the most basic outdoor fun they too can enjoy. Thoughts like it's not safe to play outside the house these days continue to distract you; then there is grandpa's backyard.

If grandparents were there then, and still here now -- it simply proves of a journey that's still and so much capable of providing unconditional love.

There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson. - Victor Hugo

 A Grandfather's Love
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Grandparenting - Second Chance and Sweeter

Many grandparents find grandparenting an opportunity to relive childhood, some even feel it a second chance to parent all over again. The only difference is that this time, they'll be parents with a little more time and patience.

Grandkids get more attention than their own kids, and it's amazing how the little ones can easily get grandma and grandpa's undivided attention. This answers why grandchildren feels that somehow at “Grandma’s house” everything seems just a little but better than it is at home."

Like parents, grandparents also recognize teachable moments – to seek them out and use them as opportunities to instruct a grandchild not just to be “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind,” not only as part of the boy scout oath goes, but why it is important to be so.


Smiles for Your Thoughts

  • My grandkids believe I'm the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. ~Gene Perret
  • "On the seventh day God rested. His grandchildren must have been out of town." ~ Gene Perret
  • An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly. ~Gene Perret
  • Grandchildren: the only people who can get more out of you than the IRS. ~Gene Perret

..and Some Words for Contemplation

Grandparents like everything to be "the best," which tend to over-indulge grandchildren and create issues. It is still wise to ration the offers of advice. Go just once in a while; you would like to contemplate the cusp between the realistic and the fanciful. This way, not only can you form joy and discipline, but take this area in a more practical approach.

To our grandfathers, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


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    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      2 years ago from The City of Generals are you. Whew it's been more than a year! Sorry for such a late reply! lol... Your grandchildren are lucky to have you. When the joy is true it's everlasting! Goodluck and best of all. Hugs from the city of generals :) -Tonette

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love being a grandmother and loved reading this beautiful article.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      You're welcome MsDora, and congratulations - the joy of being a new grandparent must very overwhelming:=). Lucky your grandkids they have a queenly grandmom! Thank you for reading my hub, it's so nice I have shared something. All the best to the new gammy! :=) -Tonette

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Tonipet, I'm a new grandparent (for the past three months). Your article inspires me, shows me the various possibilities there are for me to maximize my role. Thank you so much.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Grandparents make everything for grandchildren a little sweeter, easier with very little No's, lol. Thank you for your thoughts, Rajan Jolly. Happy Father's Day:=) -Tonette

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very well written hub. Grandchildren are just as special as grandparents and both share a special bond between themselves.

      Voted up and beautiful.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Very true, Ruby. The new and extended middle years coupled with those many years of bountiful life's journey -- who would dare say grandpa and grandma have only so little to offer? They have one of the world's ABUNDANCE!

      :=)Thank you for reading and for your thoughts. That means a lot. Hugs for the night and sweet dreams :=)-Tonette

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh Faith, what lovely little darlings you have. I'm not a grandmother but it makes me smile so big just thoughts of your 3, 5 and 6 months old grandkids to stay with you for days! Wow! I sort of know the feeling as I've been a "trying hard" volunteer nanny to my little nieces... tiring and challenging but all worth the effort, it makes me happy.

      I think a week is not enough, I can see the fun, the running around and how your kitchen will become busier in the next days. Happy for you Faith, I know you will make a wonderful grandmom. Thank you for being such. GOD loves you...and you make HIM smile :=) Hugs and kisses to your little ones, especially the baby:=) -Tonette

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Grandparents have a wealth of infomation to pass on. Beautiful hub....

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      This is such a beautiful and heartfelt write here as to the joy of grandparenting. I believe me, I know that special joy, one only knows, when one is a grandparent! I love all of the quotes you have here as they are spot on.

      My son made me a grandmother when he was at the very young age of 19! He has three children now and they bring us so much joy, that I cannot even imagine life without them. Speaking of which, I will be picking them up tomorrow evening after work and we keep them until Tuesday of next week, as my son called and said they needed a vacation. Of course, I said yes!

      They wear us out, as mine are ages 3, 5 and 6 months old.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper


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