Grandparents: Like Parents, Only Better

Grandparents are a special joy in the lives of children. While parents have to deal with the day-to-day struggles of raising a child, with the requirements of both love and discipline, grandparents are different. Separated from the daily challenges, grandparents are freer to love unreservedly and give their grandchildren unmixed affection. Unless a child’s grandparents died before he or she had a chance to meet them, almost every person has fond memories of Grandma and Grandpa.

“A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.”
– Charles and Ann Morse

“Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.”
– Welsh Proverb

“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”
– Rudolph Giuliani

“The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”
– Sam Levensen

“We should all have one person who knows how to bless us despite the evidence; Grandmother was that person to me.”
– Phyllis Theroux

“It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.”
– Igor Stravinsky

“Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.”
– Allan Frome

“Uncles and aunts, and cousins, are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother, at holiday time, is worth them all.”
– Fanny Fern

“It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.”
– Christopher Morley

“Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things.”
– Unknown

“To become a grandparent is to enjoy one of the few pleasures in life for which the consequences have already been paid.”
– Robert Brault

“If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.”
– Italian Proverb

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