poolThe Very Important Roles of Grandparents

Family “Watchdog” Helping family members during times of crisis.

Nurturer Nurturing family values and providing emotional support.

Family Historian Providing a sense of family history and passing down rituals, traditions, and family values.

Companion Forming special relationships with grandchildren.

gWhy Children Feel Close to Grandparents

°My grandparent is an enjoyable person to be with."

°My grandparent has expressed special interest, love, and appreciation for me."

°I have great admiration for my grandparent- the attitudes and values 
or the things my grandparent has accomplished."

°I can relax and feel comfortable around my grandparent."

°My grandparent helps me feel proud of myself."

°I know my grandparent will always be available to help me or 
encourage and support me."

°My grandparent listens to and understands me and treats me as an individual."

°My grandparent’s admiration makes me want to be a credit to my grandparent."

°My grandparent expresses much affection for me with words and hugs."

°My grandparent has taught me many things."

Source: Kennedy, G.E. (1991). Grandchildren’s reasons for closeness with grandparents. 
Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 6, 697-712 as cited in Parenting: A Life Span Perspective by Carole Martin & Karen Culbert, 1997.