GRANDPARENTS' DAYsunday 1st october
Grandparents' Day is celebrated in the UK on Sunday 1st October. Grandparents' Day is a day to recognise the tireless work, unconditional support and limitless love grandparents offer not only to their own grandchildren, but their family, friends and wider community too.
When and what is Grandparents' Day?
Grandparents' Day has its origins in the US where, in the 1970's, one woman made it her mission to ensure that grandparents were recognised for the contribution they made to the family and wider society. Marian McQuade, grew up watching her own grandmother care for all of those around her and thought that grandparents everywhere deserved a special day dedicated to them.
During the 1970's Marian campaigned tirelessly for a national holiday to be created to recognise the hard work and support that grandparents provided on a daily basis. From baby-sitting and cooking to providing financial and emotional support, grandparents enrich the lives of those around them, so its easy to see why Marian believed they deserved some appreciation.
After years of persistence and persuasion Marian's efforts were rewarded. In 1979, the then president Jimmy Carter officially recognised the occasion and Grandparents' Day was born. Two decades later the national holiday was brought over to the UK by the charity Age Concern (now known as Age UK) who believed that British grandparents also deserved a day of celebration. The occasion has been celebrated on the first Sunday in October every year since.
the history of grandparents' day
1. For all the good times
Whether it's for their sense of humour, legendary Sunday lunches or their unconditional love, grandparents enrich our lives in so many ways. 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 pivotal 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 a family 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. Not only that, but more than half of those surveyed said they have passed this wisdom on to their own children, helping to positively influence their own path in life too. 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, to help prevent this priceless wealth of knowledge being lost in the future.
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 £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 then to show them how much you care with a hand-made card and thoughtful gift on Grandparents' Day?
"If nothing is going well call your grandmother friend."