Children grow up happier, more secure when grandparents are around, study bares

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  • A study showed that children who grew up with their grandparents are more likely to be happier and secure
  • It was found out that grandparent’s involvement increases the kid’s wellbeing
  • It also helps the grandchild to easily adjust with all types of families

Grandparents have been a great source of help when it comes to taking care of their grandchildren. They have always been a solid support system during the early years of the child in the family.

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But a grandparent’s impact to their grandchild does not end there. It’s not just about a whole-day of babysitting while the parents are out to their full time jobs. When the day ends, it does not mean that the grandparents’ impact on the child ends; moreso, it’s not a short-term kind of involvement. It looks like the grandparents’ “effect” lingers to their grandchild.

In fact, according to a study, children whose grandparents are around while growing up will end up being a happier and a more secure kid.

A study conducted by Professor Ann Buchanan from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention in UK showed that “a high level of grandparental involvement increases the wellbeing of children.” The study, which involved more than 1,500 children, showed that those who grew up with their grandparents “had fewer emotional and behavioral problems.”

This means that grandparents’ presence may help their grandchild feel more safe and nurtured.

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It was also emphasized that grandparents’ involvement is “strongly associated with reduced adjustment difficulties in all family types, but particularly so amongst adolescences from divorced or separated families.”

Now, we know that the grandparent-grandchild relationship is not only one-way — it’s not only good for the grandparents but is also beneficial for the grandchildren.

The same study also noted the difference between the involvement of a grandmother and grandfather. It showed that a grandmother’s involvement is associated with nurturing while grandfather’s presence is more linked with mentoring and activities.