For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time
Did you know that granny killer whales are one of the other species who help to care for their grandchildren?
Grandmother whales teach their grandkids a few survival skills and make sure they get some extra fish. How cool is that?
Did you know that granny killer whales are one of the other species who help to care for their grandchildren? Grandmother whales teach their grandkids a few survival skills and make sure they get some extra fish. How cool is that?
But, the number of benefits to humans go far beyond survival and fish (and chips). Here are a few reasons to make sure Gramps, Grams and the children get their game on.
1. A feeling of belonging
When mom and dad are required to work long and hard hours, grandparents can provide a great sense of safety and security. They can tell stories about their ancestors and heritage, thereby providing a child with a sense of history. An understanding of where they come from, and how they have been cared for, make kids feel loved, secure and valued. And the odd lullaby can also be most comforting.
2. Combine time and knowledge, and you have a power pack!
If Gogo has a vegetable garden, she is sure to teach the little ones a love for gardening. It’s all about lettuce, cabbages, onions and where the spinach on the Italpizza actually comes from. Or knitting. Who remembers that? What’s more, she could probably show them how to make a salad to go with the meal.
Oupa still has time to show a kid how to tie their shoelaces, comb their hair, how to use a fishing rod and to pump up a bicycle tire – probably all long-forgotten skills.
Research has shown that children who spend time with their grannies have above average verbal and storytelling skills. Boston University has done a long-term study, covering a number of generations, that shows that kids are happier and less stressed if they spend time with their Nana.
The best news is that grandparents get a few gifts in return. Firstly, being in touch with their grandchildren gives them a wonderful sense of purpose. Their fitness levels are increased when they play around in the garden or take the kids to the park to feed the ducks. Their energy levels go up and their social interaction is vastly improved.
Probably the greatest benefit is that they have the opportunity to stay up to date with the latest digital devices, social trends, gadgets, movies and celebrity antics. This interchange of generational knowledge serves everyone.
Now, where would you find better childminders when you can’t be at home or need the children to get some fresh air? No better solution than grandparents – and, giving you have lots of love to give – and shortbread biscuits – they normally come for free! What a win.
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