Life

Grandparents

   

*Post is written in behalf of my Family100 College class. Quotes and material are found from ‘Successful Marriages and Families – Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives,’ Chapter 17 Supporting Families across Generations.

“Grandparents are important in their grandchildren’s lives. President Boyd K. Packer (2003, p. 82) taught: “We must teach our youth to draw close to the elderly grandpa’s and grandma’s.” Children’s perceptions of emotional closeness to their grandparents is related to reduced acting-out behaviors, such as sexual promiscuity, drug abuse and delinquency (Henderson, Hayslip, Sanders & Louden, 2009), and few symptoms of depression (Ruiz & Silverstein, 2007). Grandparent involvement is also related to grandchildren’s prosocial behaviors, such as wanting to help others.” (pg. 178)

So the quote above is saying that if a child is close to their grandparents then the child will be a better person? How great is that?! Do you feel like you have made better decisions in your life because of your grandparents? I feel like I have. I think we have a lot to learn from them. They grew up in a totally different time. They knew what it was like to live without tv and media, to work hard and play outside! It reminds me of this song…

A Different World by Bucky Covington

We were born to mothers who smoked and drank
Our cribs were covered in lead based paint
No child proof lids, no seat belts in cars
Rode bikes with no helmets and still here we are, still here we are

We got daddy’s belt when we misbehaved
Had three TV channels you got up to change
No video games and no satellite
All we had were friends and they were outside, playin’ outside

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

School always started the same every day
The pledge of allegiance then someone would pray
Not every kid made the team when they tried
We got disappointed and that was all right, we turned out all right

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

No bottled water, we drank from a garden hose
And every Sunday, all the stores were closed

It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world

“These adult child-parent and grandchild-grandparent relationships provide satisfying emotional bonds, as well as tangible help and assistance between generations.” (pg. 177)

I will always be grateful for the assistance my parents offer to my child and to their other grandchildren. I am also grateful for my grandparents and everything they continue to do for me. Grandparents always have time for you. Whether is wrapping plastic babies in play dough for hours and hours or running to the Merc together for some JoJo’s, they will never say no. The saying is oh so true, “If Mom says No, ask Grandma.” The same goes for Dad and Grandpa!

“We encourage families to give their elderly parents and grandparents the love, care, and attention they deserve. Let us remember the scriptural command that we must care for those of our own house lest we be found ‘worse than an infidel’ (1 Timothy 5:8)… If they become less able to live independently , then family, Church, and community resources may be needed to help them.”

 

 

 

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