The Many Way Having Grandkids Keeps You Young
Being a Grandparent is a huge honor, a responsibility, and just a lot of fun!
Do you know that there have been studies done on the impact of having Grandkids in your life? These studies have shown that being around children can keep you young!
Having Grandkids keeps you young by:
Keeping you active.
Children love to play, to tumble, run, and get down on the floor. It seems they only stop moving when they’re asleep. If you want to be an involved, Grandparent, you’ll be moving, too! Walking to the park, pushing them on a swing, playing hide & seek, and just entertaining them whenever you have the chance will get you up off the couch. Having Grandkids keeps you young by keeping you active.
Forcing your brain to work.
Do you know how many times a 4-year-old can ask “why, Grandma”? Grandchildren engage you and ask questions. They love for you to read to them, and as they get older, they may even ask you to help with homework or a school project. In order to keep up with these little learners, you must make an effort to stay on the ball. Having Grandkids keeps you young by forcing you to work your brain.
Keeping you honest.
You know the saying…. “out of the mouths of babes…”. Once these littles are old enough to speak, you had better be careful of what you say. Mom & Dad will know if Grandma was cranky, and Grandma will know about the argument that happened on the way to visit. It’s also difficult to explain why they should or should not do something when you aren’t setting a good example. Your Grandkids look up to you. You should be a good role model for them. Having Grandkids keeps you young by keeping you honest.
Making you smile.
Have you noticed how easy it is to entertain a little one? It doesn’t take much to get a smile or giggle out of them. Kids have fun doing even the simplest things. Laughter is the best medicine! Get silly, have fun, laugh, giggle and grin. Having Grandkids keeps you young by making you smile.
Giving you a reason to get up in the morning.
By this, I don’t mean actually getting out of bed, but having Grandkids gives you more reason to look forward to life. They are a source of pride and joy. When you have Grandkids, you become interested in seeing them, talking to them, and watching what they are doing. You want to be available to them when you’re needed and participate in their activities. Having Grandkids keeps you young by giving you a reason to get up in the morning.
Allowing you to see the world in a new way.
The things they say, the small things they notice, the way they view their world. You can learn a lot from little ones by listening closely to them. Their perspective is innocent, clear and honest. They haven’t developed biases, prejudices, or opinions. You can be instrumental in helping shape these young ones. And you can let them help reshape you. Consider the things they say – they can often be the teacher if you let them. Having Grandkids keeps you young by allowing you to see the world in a new way.
Giving you the desire to take better care of yourself.
You want to be a part of your Grandchild’s life for as long as possible. And that means you need to take care of your own health and well being. Staying in shape, eating right, and generally being good to yourself, results in being around longer, feeling better and being strong enough to take on the Grands. Having Grandkids keeps you young by giving you the desire to take better care of yourself.
Boosting your immune system.
You know that being around kids exposes you to colds, the flu, and any other illnesses that may be going around at school, daycare, or in the circle of friends. Being exposed occasionally is good for your health. It can make you less susceptible to actually developing an illness. Having Grandkids keeps you young by boosting your immune system.
Decreasing the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
There is a study, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, that found post-menopausal women who spend time taking care of grandkids lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. Interaction, whether in person, by phone, or online has been shown to help promote healthy aging. Time spent with your Grandkids can keep you young by decreasing your chance of developing dementia.
So there you have it.
Having Grandkids can keep you young!
And if you don’t have your own Grandkids yet, there is still hope. You don’t even really need your own Grandkids, it can be any children.
If you don’t have your own Grandchildren, borrow some. Surely you have friends who have Grandkids, right?
Or get involved in the children’s department at your church, volunteer to read for kids at the library, or spend an afternoon helping at a daycare.