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Everyone seems to be in the holiday mood this month with Christmas and New year around the corner. Baking cakes and goodies, decorating your homes with the Christmas tree, endless shopping and buying special gifts for the near and dear ones, the festive spirit is in the air!!
Talking about gifts, this is the time when the entire family gets together to share love and happiness with ample FOOD !! With the nuclear family setup nowadays, festive season is when we actually get to meet even our parents and grandparents. It is so lovely to see our little ones bond so well with the older generation.
We are all so caught up with our routine that sometimes we forget to think about the older generation and all their love and support which we take for granted. Not all of us still live in joint families these days for different reasons, and hence the grandparents are left out of the core family. As parents it is up-to us to create a positive environment and experience for our child when they meet their grandparents.
Though we may find the grand parenting style different and outdated, one thing we all must agree is that the Grand child to Grand parent bond is very special and unique, bringing in its own joys. It is the most enriching bond in a family.
I am not trying to promote the joint family system here, but just reminiscing the days I spent with my grandparents especially my dear grandma who was very much involved in my upbringing.
Grandparents have multiple roles to play….
-The storyteller: They are a treasure trove of tales and stories of the past.
- Role models: They are not only our role models but also for our children. With their immense experience they help and support the family in difficult times.
-Nurturer: With both the husband and wife working these days, and all the negative news we read/hear about the maids/nannies, grandparents are the best caregiver of our child after us. We can rest be assured that our child is in safe hands.
- the playmate: the grandparents are tension free and bubbling with so much energy in presence of their grandchildren. They loose all their inhibitions and become a child themselves while playing with the grandchildren.
- family historian: Your child can learn and know all about your rich family culture and traditions from the grandparents. Right from the interesting stories of your ancestors to the yummy traditional delicacies. they know it all.
I am concluding this with a quote :
“Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories and Love.”
“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” Lois Wyse
HAPPY HOLIDAYING everyone !!