The Benefits of Grandparents in the Lives of their Grandchildren

Principals Pen Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023

The Precious Bonds: The benefits of Grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren

It was a great pleasure for the school to host our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day on the last day of Term 3. It was clear leading up to, and on the day itself, that for Living Faith students, Grandparents and Special Friends Day is one of their favourite days of the school year. There certainly is something special about the precious bond between grandparents and their
grandchildren and it was a privilege to witness this on a grand scale. A special thank you to all staff and students for helping to make Grandparents and Special Friends Day memorable for everyone in our community.

Grandparents are often the unsung heroes in a child’s life, providing love, support and wisdom that can shape their grandchildren’s development in many ways. Research consistently shows that the presence of grandparents can have a positive impact on the lives of their grandchildren. In today’s Principal’s Pen, we will explore some key findings from research highlighting the invaluable
benefits that grandparents bring to the lives of children.

Emotional Support

Numerous studies have shown that grandchildren who have a strong emotional bond with their grandparents tend to have better mental and emotional well-being. Grandparents often provide a sense of security, unconditional love and a safe space for children to express their feelings. This emotional support can be especially beneficial during times of stress, family changes or challenges
at school. Many grandparents have spoken to me about the love they have for their grandchildren being ‘different’ (not better or worse) than the love they have for children

Transmission of Values and Traditions

Grandparents play a pivotal role in passing down family values and traditions. They are a bridge to the past, sharing stories, customs and cultural heritage. This connection to their roots can help grandchildren develop a sense of identity and belonging, fostering a deeper appreciation for their family’s history. These are all very important values that play a significant role in a child developing their own positive sense of identity.

Educational Benefits

Grandparents can also have a positive impact on their grandchildren’s education. Research has shown that regular interactions with grandparents can enhance a child’s cognitive development. Whether it’s helping with homework, reading stories or engaging in educational activities, grandparents can contribute to a well-rounded learning experience.

Improved Social Skills

Interacting with grandparents provides children with valuable social experiences. Grandparents often offer a different perspective on life, which can encourage empathy, tolerance and an understanding of diverse viewpoints. These interactions can help grandchildren develop strong interpersonal skills that serve them well in their future relationships.

Enhanced Emotional Intelligence

Grandparents’ life experiences and wisdom can help children develop emotional intelligence. Through conversations and guidance, grandparents can teach their grandchildren valuable life lessons, problem-solving skills and resilience in the face of adversity. Children can benefit from many perspectives on life and grandparents can often reinforce the values and opinions that parents have.

Reduced Stress for Parents

Grandparents also play a crucial role in supporting parents. Research indicates that parents who have the help of grandparents may experience lower stress levels. Grandparents can provide occasional childcare, allowing parents time to rest and recharge, which contributes to a healthier family dynamic.

The role of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren is invaluable and far-reaching. Research consistently underscores the emotional, educational and social benefits that grandchildren gain from having a strong relationship with their grandparents. These intergenerational bonds foster love, wisdom and a sense of belonging that can positively shape a child’s life. There is no doubt that the presence of grandparents enriches the lives of their grandchildren in ways that are truly irreplaceable.


Andrew Kelly, Principal