GRANDPARENTS' DAYSunday 6th October
Nana, Nanny, Grandma, Granny Grandad, Grandpa, Papa; however you refer to them, they are precious. They are the ones that sneak you extra biscuits before dinner, the ones that let you leave the lights on that little bit longer before bed, the ones you tolerate long journeys for they are golden. In fact, theyre so special they have their own day, and this year, Grandparents Day is on Sunday 6th October.
Theyve loved you since you were born, yet youve loved them your whole life.
1. For all the good times
Whether it's for their sense of humour, legendary Sunday lunches or their unconditional love, grandparents bring so much love to our lives. Think back to your childhood and the chances are you can probably remember, with gratitude and fondness, the things you did with a beloved grandparent. Grandparents' Day is the ideal opportunity to say thank you for the memories.
2. For making us who we are today
Harley Street psychotherapist Christine Webber believes that grandparents play a vital role in shaping the people we become. She told us "The bond between children and grandparents is a very special one. The value of grandparent-grandchild contact is huge to both parties. And in these very changing times, it is a crucial part of family life. Grandparents can be of particular help if parents encounter difficulties in their relationships. The continuity of care and love that Gran or Grandad can offer to children, helps many families through an emotional crisis".
"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart."
"A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher and a little bit best friend."
3. For everything they've taught us
According to our survey, three-quarters of those asked said that their grandparents have had a hugely positive influence on their lives with a quarter admitting Grandma and Grandad have taught them valuable life lessons that will stay with them forever. Grandparents Day is the perfect time to celebrate the invaluable life lessons and wisdom that our grandparents have passed on to us over the years.
4. For all that they do to help us
Not only do grandparents offer unconditional support and limitless love, research has also revealed that they play a key role in keeping the family economy going. A recent study found that grandparents contribute a whopping £11 billion in childcare each year, enabling their own children to continue working so that they can meet the rising cost of living. That's a lot of free baby-sitting!
5. Because they deserve it!
We believe grandparents are the unsung heroes of modern society. Because of their humility and generosity, their contribution can easily be overlooked. What better surprise than to show them how much you care with a hand-made card and thoughtful gift this Grandparents' Day?
"If nothing is going well call your grandmother friend."