What can Family/Grandparents do to help?
In a family, the relationship between a grandchild and grandparent, is a very special one and very different to the bond between the child and parent. Grandparents, often the head of the family, act as an authority figure, and provide unconditional love on all sides and get to spoil their grandchildren in a way parents simply can’t. A grandparent will be relaxed and have time to spend sitting holding and entertaining or feeding their grandchild. This often eases the atmosphere and gives rise to Mum and Dad getting on with things or having time to themselves to re-charge batteries.
Beyond that, grandparents also wield incredible influence and strength at times when their children need help with their little ones. Turn to your grandparents and parents for life lessons and other advice because they’ve often lived through the same or similar experience — possibly more than once and probably with less support. Often knowing how your grandparents dealt with problems in their lives, and knowing that they got through everything, gives you inner strength and belief that thing’s will turn out okay.
Having a sounding board who doesn’t spend every day with you, can be invaluable when you’re trying to navigate the first few months with a new baby.
Grandparents have lived long enough to realise not to get upset over the little things; life is too short. Young grandchildren can think everything is hyper-important and immediate, but can learn to adjust their priorities after discussing issues with their grandparents, who have a broader world view.