The grandparents remember the patriotic duty of the country. America united during WWII, rationing items for the country's sake and serving to preserve freedom. Their service and sacrifice earned them the title of the Greatest Generation. There are still survivors out there from the Holocaust who can attest to the atrocities. And we need to honor the veterans at the WWII War Memorial. A meaningful field trip to take grandkids on (or great-grandkids).
We must recognize that the Grandparents earned their stripes. This isn't their first rodeo. As my mom used to say, "I might not know now or know tomorrow, but I will eventually know the truth." They have probably heard or seen it all. A three-year-old temper tantrum, yep. A nine-year-old punching a hole in the wall, yep. A teenager not coming home after prom, yep. They can be the sounding board for handling a difficult situation—a different point of view.
Grandparents provide a sanity break for parents. Drop them off at grandmother and grandfathers for a week of summer camp. In our case, it was called Camp Cadillac, where the kids could swim, fish, and kayak. A perfect option for those parents balancing work and family, especially in summer. I know many grandparents who provided homeschooling during the COVID19 crisis—a huge relief for parents struggling with doing it all. But even during regular times, grandparents can be that extra hand for before and after-school childcare or simply a date night for the parents. What is more fun than going to grandmother’s and grandfather’s house for the night, weekend, or a week of camp?
Giving children a perspective on how to overcome a loss would be another benefit of grandparents. A child could have a simple loss of a teddy bear or a friend that moved away. However, it could be a significant loss of an aunt, uncle, or parent. Grandparents are role models on how to overcome grief and move on with a good life. The pain may not leave, but the child will learn that life goes on and it is okay. Grandparents, at this point, would most likely have buried their grandparents and parents, to name a few. I personally have been to more funerals than I can count. Each one brings grief and tears, but it is also a time to celebrate the person's life that passed away.