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9 Awesome Ways Having Grandkids Keeps You Young

Do you know that there have been studies done on the impact of having Grandkids in your life?  These studies have shown that your Grandchildren can keep you young!  Here are some ways that having Grandkids keeps you young.

GRANDS KEEP YOU YOUNG

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The Many Ways 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.

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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.

Children can enrich your life by keeping you young.  Take time to enjoy the children in your life.

Keep Passing Down the Love,

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Leigh Johnson

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

Leigh @ sheloveslifeover50 So true. I have my one year-old grand daughter visit ever Wednesday night through Thursday. She's the reason I was finally about to loose 10 kilos last year. I want to be healthy so I can be around to stay up with her and see her as an adult.

Rena

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

This is so funny because I'm sitting here trying to get a little bit of work done while my three-year-old twin grandchildren are climbing all over me!

Kimberly

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

Haha, well there you go... Sounds like they enjoy being with you. Have fun!

Haralee

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

These are all great points! My Mother always said if she could have bypassed being a Mother and go straight to being a GrandMother she would have. She of course was right!

Kimberly

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

AS a mother, you can get so involved in the everyday chaos, that you can lose sight of the pleasure of having the littles around. As you get older and have Grands, you can step back and not be responsible for the day-to-day (in most cases) and appreciate the gift it is to be a Grandparent! Thanks for commenting.

EscapeWriters

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

Very true. As such my parent love their grand kids more than me.. My kids make them busy all the day and more important is my parents love to do that. Kids who have grandparents are lucky.

Kimberly

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

They always says that if you could have grandkids first.... Both sides of a grandparent/grandchild relationship should consider themselves lucky and take full advantage of the opportunities that come with the position! And while we as Grandparents get caught up in the excitement of grandkids, we still love you, our children, just as much as ever! ;)

Lisa Wingerter @ https://meandmymomfriends.com

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

This is so true. My father is 78 and my son is 3. They are best friends. I swear my boy keeps Grandpa going. You'd never know my father is approaching 80!

Kimberly

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

I'm a grandma, but my grandkids also have 4 great-grandparents! It's so fun to watch our 80+ year old parents hang out with our grands... They walk the garden, throw the ball, play games... Great benefits for both sides.

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