Grandparents Day 2017

    Grandma and Grandpa. Nanna and Pop. Baba and Gigi. Yaya and Pappoús. No matter what your cultural background or what name you have for them, grandparents hold a special place in our lives. And October 29 is a day dedicated the relationships we have with them, and the knowledge and love they share with us.

    Grandparents are important, their wisdom connects us to the past, future and present: they teach us about traditions and their own life experiences. They help us in our present day lives and guide us and give advice on creating a brighter future.

    They play an important role in our society by providing care, acting as role models and passing on their Christian faith.

    The influence they have can be quite significant, and children who are able to build relationships with their grandparents are happier and healthier, with 90% of adults believing their grandparents influenced their values and behaviours, according to Dr. Karl Pillemer of Cornell University. 

    Many grandparents are renowned for their practical skills such as baking and knitting, or knowing the best fishing spots and how to cast a line.

    Others are great entertainers, regaling us with tales of growing up in a different era or reciting poetry and little ditties to make us laugh.

    A great deal of grandparents are at retirement age, and often have extra time to dedicate to their families, providing an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on … and displaying the patience and understanding that makes them excellent mediators between children and parents.  

    In some families, grandparents even fill the role of parental surrogate, ensuring their grandchildren a better quality of life and a loving home.

    Grandparent’s day is a day to appreciate the wisdom, love, care, and laughter our grandparents bring us, and is the perfect opportunity to thank our grandparents, our children’s grandparents and all the elders in our lives.

    Posted October 19, 2017 in Blog