Who is willing to watch the same Rugrats tape over and over without complaint? Who reads six stories at bedtime without even breaking a sweat? Who changes a diaper without feeling the least bit fazed? Grandparents, of course! Your parenting leaves them perplexed, and their advice may drive you crazy. But kids get so much out of their relationship with their grandparents.
The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren brings great benefits for both parties. A grandparent's unconditional brand of love has a potent role in helping a child develop trust. And that's just one great thing about grandparents. Grandparents can also provide:
As wonderful as the grandchild-grandparent bond is, it's not without its own share of issues. Indeed, many people find that negotiating relationships with their parents can become quite challenging when they become parents themselves. While you may be on the same page -- you all want the child to be happy and healthy -- you're often not using the same rule book. Some of the problems that commonly crop up between grandparents and parents include:
You can take sensible steps to improve your relationship with your child's grandparents, and move past the grandparenting issues caused by the generation gap. Try these strategies:
Grandparents provide so many priceless gifts to their grandchildren. With communication, love, and patience, this relationship can be nurtured and grow into one of mutual respect and great appreciation between parents and grandparents.
Additional reporting by Emily Perlman Abedon
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