Last Sunday, we discussed the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. Today, we continue with our discussion where will focus further on the importance of grandparents in the family.
Grandfathers and grandmothers have a fundamental role in the family in particular; the lives of their grandchildren. They are an important source of happiness for their children and grandchildren, by being around them, listening to their news, stories and giving advice.
In many cases, grandparents are responsible for the caring of their grandchildren, due to parents being at work. This highlights the diplomatic role grandparents have in the family and act as a mediator in raising children. They give unconditional love to their grandchildren, providing emotional support to children (young and the old) as well as affection and satisfaction. Besides, just like how parents motivate their children and put an emphasis on education, health and well-being, hobbies, responsibility and job -- Grandparents also do the same. This shows how grandparents are a bridge between the parents and children and their importance in the family.
Grandparents also help make an effort in developing the children's behaviour besides their parents to take into account of their actions and not make the same mistakes and improve their behaviour.
Grandchildren bring back the meaning of life to their grandparents where they conduct activities and children keep their grandparents in touch with changes that occur around the world and in their society. This shows a major role in development.
Respecting the elderly is also a duty of care from a religious perspective to ensure their comfort, attention and needs are met and giving grandparents happiness. This holds great significance in many religions and beliefs between grandparents and their grandchildren, between family members and even friends to maintain strong relationships and improve social interactions.
In conclusion, the importance of grandparents in the family is a blessing and should be kept up. Next week, we will discuss the relationship between one of our role models: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his grandfather Abdulmuttalib (may Allah have mercy upon him).
I am now back to start Topic 6 'Relationship with Grandparents' of the weekly short 'Chemical Bonding' series after a short break. The loving relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is beyond words could ever describe because of the privileged position grandchildren have with them.
Grandparents are the pillar of the family that convey emotional security to grandchildren giving them protection as if they are a wall they can lean on. Although in some relationships there can be misunderstandings between the grandfather and their grandchildren like any human relationship. This is known as generational conflicts, where they differ in ideas and temperaments.
The importance of the relationship between grandfather and grandchildren stems for the following several reasons:
A) Most grandchildren find a warm embrace in their grandparents. A range of feelings and emotions also arises such as trust, love, security, affection, acceptance and understanding. They also have less power; however, some grandchildren play an active role in the life of their grandchildren.
B) Grandparents help their grandchildren to understand others, get to know them and trust them. It is also possible to understand the behaviour of some family members towards them, as grandchildren can learn that other members of the family can be comfortable just as their parents are. Therefore, the child or children discover that the grandfather's house is safe and happy where they learn how to adapt and respect rules other than those considered important by their parents. This experience helps the grandchildren to be flexible and adaptive to the behaviour of others.
From this, we conclude, my dear friends, grandparents have a great and effective role in the social life of the family because they are the basis or foundation of building social and family ties. They are a symbolic model of history, traditions and values, and with them the cohesion of social identity that cannot be dispensed with. Moreover, grandparents represent the role of educators, guides, advisors, and the main reference for family stability for grandchildren to adapt to cultural characteristics and the environment in which they live. Grandparents are parental images who complete the image of the father and mother, correct it of any defects and spring love between the family.
Next week inshaAllah, I will further look into the importance of the grandparents.