Follow these four simple steps to ensure that you and your grandkids have “intergenerational solidarity”:
It stands to reason that the more people talk to each other, the better their relationship will be. This is particularly true if you live far away from your grandchildren. Make it a point to contact them at least once a week and inquire about their lives. You may also go above and beyond and master social media to communicate with them more frequently.
Unsurprisingly, people who see each other frequently form closer bonds. The little ones are certain that they can see you and quickly go to you anytime they need you, implying that they trust you and that they always have someone to rely on.
This may be an issue for some grandparents, particularly those who live far away or are not in good enough health to travel frequently. While nothing beats face-to-face contact, current technology allows for constant connection via Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Skype, or any other video chat tool.
Emotional Bonding in Childhood
Parents and siblings are naturally connected to children. The second circle is frequently occupied by aunts, uncles, and grandparents. As children grow older, their social networks widen and they form important bonds with their peers. On the other side, the circles of older individuals shrink.
Experts say that parents who form strong emotional relationships with their grandkids at a young age will find that the bonds will persist into maturity.
Values that are shared
When children receive life-long lessons from you, they are more likely to perceive you as a lasting important figure in their lives – lessons that shape who they are as children and help them evolve into who they are now. Teach your grandchildren your values and ideas, but don’t impose them on them until they’re old enough to form their own opinions.
Be open and learn to listen to the younger generation to avoid a generation gap.
The goal is to form a solid bond from the start and do your bit to keep the relationship healthy. Follow these four steps to ensure a strong grandparent-grandchild bond!