Grandparenthood


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“Experts” talking about 3 levels of grandparenthood:
the societal level: societal norms, functions, and esteem of grandparents, economic role;
the family level: interactions and supports among grandparents, parents, and grandchildren;
the personal level: socialising, caring, and transmitting information.

…. and much more

How do we see? Let’s talk about it!
Grandparents are a large part of the family unit and part of a child's history. In a unique position of trust from two generations, we are the "buddies", the teachers and the family memory. We sit in both the foreground and the background of a grandchild's life, connected in a special way.

The question "Grandpa will you watch a movie with me?" has only one answer :)
A few thoughts ...

Societal level: Grandparents are an integral part of the family unit. The respect shown to and by grandparents is a learning examples for grandchildren.

Family level: traditional grandparents are trusted members of the family. Support, like respect, can go both ways. We have our own place in the family hierarchy -- not parents but rather a responsible addition. Authority (aside from immediate safety) should come from the parents. We are friends, companions and teachers.

Personal level: We may be taken for granted (just as parents are) but being good ol' grandpa/ma has advantages. Being a "lower" priority allows greater flexibility in activities and responsibilities. We are also a reminder that parents are human and important too ... "I love you granddaughter but please remember that your mother is my daughter". We are the "corporate memory" of the family and responsible for passing those memories on to future generations.
Walker22 wrote: Grandparents are a large part of the family unit and part of a child's history. In a unique position of trust from two generations, we are the "buddies", the teachers and the family memory. We sit in both the foreground and the background of a grandchild's life, connected in a special way.

The question "Grandpa will you watch a movie with me?" has only one answer :)


Beautifully put, Walker.

And as far as the "falling in love again" goes, yes - I have three grandchildren, all very small, and when the oldest one (3) sees me he drops what he's doing, runs to me and throws both arms around my legs, with a big, "Dobbi - you're here!!" If that ain't love, I don't know what is. :)
Love comes in many forms and the love of a child or grandchild is very special! :D
Graham1 wrote: Love comes in many forms and the love of a child or grandchild is very special! :D

We love the Sunday quiz too, but it's not the same
Grandparenting is a vast topic and varies greatly depending upon circumstances. Regardless of circumstances we can give of our time, of ourselves. It should be natural, just as it is natural for a child to love and trust completely.
usually love has no time to start , and about your post I didn't became a grandfather yet so I didn't have these feeling but I have the thoughts of course
"Grandpa, I don't know why only you and I like making mud pies".

It happens naturally
Wasn't the title of this topic a song by Marlene Dietrich? :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dijq-5zSVU
Speaking of music, I listen to this during Sunday quizzes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-vBu2rf8TI
Walker22 wrote: Speaking of music, I listen to this during Sunday quizzes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-vBu2rf8TI

Isn't this one more appropriate? :lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDTvLldOgZs
ROFL Graham, Perfect quiz music. Thanks
Back to the main topic – grandparenthood. For me falling in love again as a grandmother means -through my pink glasses- I have the cutest little darling who has captured my heart.
Happy birthday to you Mrslppi