In a heartwarming revelation, a recent survey involving 2,000 grandparents unveiled that nearly all grandparents (94%) feel a “special bond” with their grandchildren. Modern-day grandparents expressed that they learn more from their grandchildren than they did from their own children during their youth.
The survey delved into the dynamics of this special relationship, shedding light on the various aspects that contribute to the unique connection between the older and younger generations.
Technological Learning Takes Center Stage: During playtime with their grandchildren, a significant 81% of grandparents stated that they learn most about technological advances. Tech-savvy grandchildren become the teachers, imparting skills such as working with tablets and downloading music, aspects that were not part of their own children’s upbringing.
Building Bonds Through Time and Responsibility: A noteworthy 90% of surveyed grandparents expressed their willingness to spend more time helping with their grandchildren. This commitment emphasizes the importance of building a strong bond, and 87% feel a heightened sense of responsibility to ensure that their homes are safe environments for the younger generation.
Impact on Youthfulness: An overwhelming 92% of grandparents believe that spending time with their grandchildren helps keep them “young at heart.” The mutual exchange of experiences benefits both generations, creating cherished moments and fostering a sense of shared joy.
Learning Beyond Technology: While technological know-how is a significant aspect, the survey revealed that grandparents also learn about modern TV shows’ characters (44%) and acquire skills such as LEGO-building (25%) from their grandchildren. Lessons on TikTok dances, emojis, and the simple joy of having fun are among the experiences shared between the two generations.
Quality Time and Reliance: More than half (54%) of grandparents feel they can spend more quality time with their grandchildren than they did with their own children during their youth. A notable 31% believe they are relied upon to watch their grandchildren “much more” than they asked their own parents back in the day.
Emphasizing Home Safety Measures: A significant number of grandparents (74%) take precautions to ensure their homes are safe for their grandchildren. Regular testing of smoke alarms (67%) and annual servicing of gas appliances (55%) are among the safety measures adopted, underlining the commitment to providing a secure environment.
The research highlights the depth and richness of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, showcasing the joy, learning, and shared experiences that contribute to a special and enduring bond between generations.