“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.”
In today’s era of modernity and erosion of traditional values, the importance of grandparents in the lives of children is more important than ever. With increasing urbanisation, families are becoming smaller and more nuclear. Naturally nuclear families have their own set of advantages – more economical in cities where houses are smaller, allow more resources to be expended on education of children and many more advantages, but living with grandparents is an experience that deeply impacts your life and directs your behaviour in the ages to come.
Grandparents are important in an era where youngsters are increasingly becoming brash, overconfident and arrogant. Easy access to technology and prosperity have led many of today’s generation to take things for granted. They have a false sense of entitlement. Things were very different in our grandparent’s generation, and life was much more difficult for them. They have come up the hard way in life, climbing the economic ladder through perseverance and work. The qualities of humility and self made success are key lessons that grandparents teach us.
Moreover, grandparents also teach us to be more restrained and polite to those around us. Their teachings on cultural values add an entirely different perspective to our lives and introduces us to the world of Indian mythology and legends. Though we may yet find grandmother’s tales on the internet, there is no substitute to the pleasure of listening to your grandmother recite old tales on a winter night while she lovingly tucks you into bed.