There’s no one quite like Grandma (and Grandad)

Grandparents have been there, done that and worn the T-shirt. To parents they can be a saviour, from providing advice to free childcare, they are always there to support you, no matter what. To their grandchildren, they are as important to them as their own parents and this is why.

Grandparents are the first history teachers your child will have. They have been around for years after all.

"When I was a child" is a familiar phrase you will hear, as they recount stories (sometimes the same ones) from their own childhood - the sweets they ate, the toys they played with and how school used to be.

They also hold the key to your family history, usually starting with stories about yourself as a child. Not stories about the time when you sat in a tin of beans to raise money for charity, but the stories of when you cut your own hair with scissors age 3, pushed your sister off the sofa causing her to break her arm or, when you used both breaks on your bike at the same time, throwing yourself over the handle bars.

Grandparents will also recount tales of their aunties and uncles and own grandparents antics, which are an important way of teaching our children about where they have come from and who they are.

Grandparents will love your children unconditionally. In fact, sometimes it may seem that they love your children more than they love you. Remember when they used to tell you that toys were only for birthday's and Christmas? This doesn't seem to apply to the grandchildren. Nor does the one biscuit a day rule, grandchildren can have as many as they like. In fact, grandchildren can ask for anything and if the answer is no, a quick turn on of the water works usually ensures that the answer is yes. This also ensures that our children love them unconditionally back and are always excited to see them.

If you moan to grandparents about your children, you will find a lack of sympathy as they will remind you just how much your children are like yourself at the same age. Grandparents are always on their grandchildren's side.

Watching the relationship between your children and their Grandparents though, will bring back the fond memories that you have about your own Grandparents. It will make you realise that as annoying as they may be, grandparents are a wonderfully important part of childhood and are really quite amazing.

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