Grandparents are good for more than candy-fueled trips to the zoo, we have an important role to play within society as a whole.
The most shocking stat to me is that only 1 in 4 regularly uses technology. As a newly-minted Grandmama, I’m searching for ways to change that fact. The internet and technology are the easiest ways to connect with our long distance children and grandchildren. Skype jumps to mind, as does Facetime.
Many grandparents have no idea what they’re missing. I can’t tell you how many times G-Daddy and I have made complete fools of ourselves yakkin’ to Sweet E with the help of technology. (Girl has said that Sweet E is gonna think his family lives in tablet and phone screens!)
My favorite stat: more than 50% of grandparents help younger generations understand the world through discussions about the important stuff. Talking about the important stuff is the fondest memory I have of my grandmother. She had an untiring ear, was eager to share a story, and never refused me when I needed to sort through problems. She was wise and patient of spirit, yet she was firm and always deferred to my parents.
She was a force in my life that no one else could have possibly filled.
Grandparents are more than an older generation with pockets full of fun and time, we are vital threads in the fabric of our families; we are the strong shoulders from which the younger generation stand upon to reach for their dreams.
We are SUPER GRANDPARENTS!
Now, about technology….