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Why grandparents are so important

I recently read an article called 7 Scriptures that show how important grandparents are written by Jennifer Waddle.

In her article, she points out seven of the scriptural reasons that grandparents are so important. It includes verses like Isaiah 46:4, Proverbs 17:6 and many others that talk about the wisdom of the older people.

Many of us know from personal experience how important grandparents are, but we may not have considered their importance from a scriptural view.

Grandparents, especially those of us who are now tasked with raising our grandchildren, have a special responsibility to be spiritual leaders for our grandchildren.

Even though my grandparents didn’t raise me, my grandma gave me a lot of insights into God. Not all of them were good, but most of them taught me who God was and what His Son Jesus had done for us.

I love the quote that Waddle started her story with, “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” —Rudy Giuliani

When a grandparent has the honor of raising their grandchild, a dual role is necessary, however. It really can be a double blessing. It can also have its difficulties.

As spiritual leaders for our grandchildren in the role of being their “parents,” it can be confusing, but also, like I said, a double blessing because not only do we have the privilege of raising them in the physical, but also in the spiritual.

Why are grandparents so important?

There are many reasons that grandparents are important.

1. We are an essential source of unconditional love, as stated in Giuliani’s quote.

What does that mean? Well, it means that we love our grandchildren without conditions. It doesn’t matter what means they became a part of our life, whether we agree with the parents’ decisions or not. We love those children with unconditional love and we let them know it!

This is as true for them whether we are traditional grandparents or grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

2. We give them kindness.

Again, we give them kindness and love which can go hand in hand. Again, this is part of the dual role we hold as grandparents and grandparents raising their grandchildren.

3. We give them patience.

Sometimes in our dual role, this can be difficult because it is easy to lose patience when you are teaching a child how to grow into a loving, kind, patient and mature adult. But patience is key especially when we are in the dual role.

4. We teach them humor and make them laugh.

Many times a day, probably hundreds of times a day, my granddaughter and I share a good laugh at either a joke or a prank or a story or in some other way.

We need to teach them the difference between a good joke and an unsavory joke that hurts other people. As a grandparent raising their grandchild, we have the task of knowing when it is time for laughter and joking and when it is time for seriouslness.

5. We give them comfort.

Our grandchildren often need comfort (just like everyone else) from a stressful day or event. Our granddaughter will let us know when she needs to be comforted. She will say, “I need you to calm me down.” That is her way of saying, “Please comfort me.”

In the dual role, we may have to give more comfort than traditional grandparents because we have to do all the comfort-giving!

6. We teach them lessons in life.

My grandpa taught me how to fish. He taught me how to change a lure, put on my bobber, cast out and reel in the big ones! This was a lesson that I have cherished for all of my life. We are teaching our granddaughter how to fish now. I hope it has the same meaning for her.

Because of our dual role, as caring for our grandchildren in all areas of their life, we teach them a lot of lessons, more so than the traditional grandparent.

As a traditional grandparent, we also teach them many lessons in life which they will keep with them for a lifetime.

My grandma taught me how to praise the Lord and to care for people less fortunate than me.

My other grandparents taught me how to live frugally.

7. We give them cookies!

Thank goodness my spouse bakes!

The BIG picture

No matter what role you play as a grandparent in your grandchild’s life, there is no doubt that it is an important role. We give them valuable lessons in life, unconditional love, and lots of cookies!


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G.G. and JazAbout the author

Karin Nauber, “G.G.” is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. G.G. has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. She began this website with the hope of helping other grandparents who may be struggling with their role as parent/grandparents. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: gg@grandparentssecondstory.com.

Karin

4 Comments

  1. Karin,

    Your post is very beautiful. I can not emphasize the importance of grandparents to children. I didn’t understand the meaning of grandchildren to grandparents until I had children. My parents who lived in Peru, visited us (three sisters) often; however, when we had children, they became citizens. 

    My parents explained us that the love for a grandchild is unconditional. Grandchildren are to be spoiled and loved unconditionally by grandparents. 

    The wisdom of older people is a gift many people do not appreciate. I always enjoyed talking to older people because they always have some amazing story to tell you. Back in college, I spent hours listening to my older teachers who had so much to tell about their experiences. 

    I was told while pregnant: “you fall in love with your children” and did not make any sense until I gave birth. Now, my parents explain to me that there is nothing like the love for a grandchild; well, I guess I will find out some day.

    • Thank you so much for visiting my site, Maria. Yes, having children definitely changes our perception of the value of grandparents!

      As much as you “fall in love with your children,” it is just as true with your grandchildren! When you are raising a grandchild, you “fall in love with them” just like there were your own.

      Even though we are not their “real” parents, we are a sort of surrogate teaching and loving them throughout their lives.

      With 2020 Vision,
      Karin 🙂

  2. This is a very valuable article. The importance of having and being a grandparent can’t be overlooked.

    Grandparents help build their grandchildren’s self-confidence, by offering them praises, affirmation, and support.

    Children like and absorb praises, for some of them the best place they receive such liberally is at their grandparent’s house.

    As your goal is, it is very important for grandparents to know their roles, and to do it responsibly. The scripture passages referenced are relevant. Also, according to the New Testament, Lois was the grandmother of Timothy. And Timothy grew up knowing and serving God from his youth. 2 Timothy 1:5. Because his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois impacted to him the knowledge of the word.

    It is a joyful experience for grandparents and their grandchildren to share stories, pleasantries, visits. and to pamper each other. It is a blessing. 

    Thanks for your mission.

    Favorme.

    • Thank you for visiting my site, Favorme. I am glad that you have seen the importance of grandparent’s role in a grandchild’s life.

      As a grandparent who is raising her grandchild, we do so much more to raise them into fine young adults. It is a blessing to be able to do this.

      Thank you again and should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

      With 2020 Vision,
      Karin 🙂

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