There are few more exciting stages in our lives other than being a grandchild and later, a grandparent. Grandchildren and grandparents have the most fun in the most simple of ways, and they know how to make each moment count. It is a relationship build on care, love, and cookies. While grandparents give the best advice about life, grandchildren show their grandparents how to see the world with fresh and curious eyes.
Check out these quotes to remember why our grandparents are so precious to us, and how we can be amazing grandchildren and grandparents in our turn.
Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation. – Lois Wyse
For grandparents, the children of their children are their best connection to the future. Grandchildren make grandparents happy and satisfied with the achievements of their lives and give them hope that the future will be even greater, even if they will not witness it.
A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. Lois Wyse
Having grandchildren is very different from having children. Grandparents don’t have to worry about their grandchildren as their parents do, which makes the relationship easier and fun. Grandparents only see us at our best, unlike our parents.
Never have children, only grandchildren. – Gore Vidal
Having children is hard work, for which any amount of preparation is never enough. Parents can never enjoy the fun parts of children growing up because of their constant worries and responsibilities. Grandparents, on the other hand, are always there for the fun and adventurous moments.
Your sons weren’t made to like you. That’s what grandchildren are for. – Jane Smiley
The relationship between parents and children is often very tense and it can bring to the surface many conflicts. Since parents are figures of authority, children cannot easily see them as possible partners for play or fun. At the same time, children see their grandparents as wise and compliant, which makes grandparents extremely likable.
With your own children, you love them immediately – and with grandchildren, it’s exactly the same. – Kevin Whately
People love their children and grandchildren equally because they are all part of themselves. In the happiness of their offspring, people find their own happiness and fulfillment. A child is a reason to regain one’s strength and one’s ability to enjoy life.
I want my grandchildren to be proud of me. That’s the main thing. – George P. Shultz
Being a grandparent is easy when children are young, yet as they grow up, they become increasingly hard to impress. Making sure your grandchildren are proud of you is tough work but it is a huge accomplishment because it means they value your advice and insights, and they find in you a great friend.
What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure. – Gene Perret
Grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren with gifts and small gestures of care, and grandchildren know how to show their appreciation by spoiling their grandparents with laughter, hugs, and their sincere excitement. It is a bargain that keeps everyone happy.
Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. – Welsh Proverb
Whether perfect love exists or not, it is indeed true that the first grandchild is one of the most beloved beings on earth. When the first grandchild is born, grandparents are born as well to love, protect, and teach him about the world.
One of the joys of being a grandparent is getting to see the world again through the eyes of a child. – David Suzuki
Children see the world in wonderful ways because for them, everything is new, mysterious, and exciting. For grandparents, who have lived so much and who know so much about life, the fresh perspective of their grandchildren teaches them how to recover their own youth.
If you are close to your parents or a grandparent, you watch as they get old and you learn so much from that, and it makes you want to learn more while you have time. – Shooter Jennings
Spending time with our parents and grandparents can teach us a lot about life, especially about love and acceptance. We learn from them how to deal with regrets, accomplishments, or failures. We discover in their words advice and encouragement.
A grandparent has been there, done that child-raising stuff, and has the wisdom of experience. And so in some ways, they’re free to love without the anxiety of being the actual parents. They’re free to give. – Jewell Parker Rhodes
Being a grandparent is liberating when compared with being a parent. Grandparents have the benefit of experience while they don’t have the burden of responsibility. They are free to maintain a fun, loving relationship with their grandchildren, without any worries.
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. – Rudy Giuliani
Grandparents are always there for us in times of need. They know how to comfort us with their love and patience. Their wisdom allows them to give us the best advice, by teaching us how not to take things too seriously and to enjoy life to its fullest.
A house needs a grandma in it. – Louisa May Alcott
A grandmother is an extremely valuable presence in a home. She always knows how to do things, she has the best recipes and the best advice, but most of all, she is the calming and serene person who can turn any conflict into a playful atmosphere.
Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric. – Pam Brown
Grandmothers are the most respectable persons in our lives. We credit them with wisdom and unconditional love because their life experience seems overwhelming to us. Even though becoming a grandmother happens so fast, being a great grandmother is something one must learn with time.
Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends. – Allan Frome
Parents and children can have an amazing relationship, but they can hardly be friends in the true sense. Only grandparents have access to this kind of relationship because they don’t have any responsibility towards their grandchildren, except loving them.
When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window. – Ogden Nash
Grandparents are so loved because they do not enforce authority or rules, but rather accept their grandchildren as they are. Grandparents are no longer interested in assuming responsibility. They want to have a fun and casual relationship with their grandchildren.
Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies. – Unknown
Visiting grandma can never go wrong. She always takes great pleasure in our company and spoils us with her love by sharing hugs or cookies. No matter how old we are, grandma’s cookies and hugs can still make us happy as when we were children.
They say genes skip generations. Maybe that’s why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable. – Joan McIntosh
It seems that there is a secret ingredient that makes the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren extremely easy. Maybe it’s because grandparents discover parts of themselves in their grandchildren and this makes them relate to each other more easily.
Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being. – Margaret Mead
Our lives are a sum of transitions and overwhelming, but exciting experiences. Between being a grandchild and a grandparent, we experience a wide range of feelings and emotions, but these two stages are filled with the most interesting and wondrous things.
To become a grandparent is to enjoy one of the few pleasures in life for which the consequences have already been paid. – Robert Brault
Being a grandparent comes with a whole range of experiences and small pleasures that parents cannot easily understand. Grandparents are free to engage with their grandchildren on their own level, by sharing with them all the fun while not having to deal with notions such as discipline, authority, or schedules.
My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. – Gene Perret
Spending time with grandchildren is exciting but also exhausting. Unfortunately, grandparents can hardly match their grandchildren’s level of energy. However, even if for limited amounts of time, grandparents and grandchildren know how to have the most fun in the world.
Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old. – Mary H. Waldrip
Growing old would be depressing if it weren’t for the small but endless joys of being a grandparent. By witnessing the youthful energy of their grandchildren, grandparents regain some of their own and discover that old age has its own perks.
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. – Proverb
Our grandmothers have a lot of life experience, but there are things that they don’t know. However, they are still curious and want to stay connected to everything new and unknown. We need to help them understand the world, as they helped us when we were children.
An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly. – Gene Perret
Spending time with a grandchild is very satisfying and uplifting, but grandparents can hardly keep up with the energy of a child. If grandchildren can make one feel young again, when exhaustion settles in, one discovers that old age can never be defeated completely.
If nothing is going well, call your grandmother. – Italian Proverb
Whenever we have doubts about something, calling our grandmother is a great idea. Grandmothers always seem to know everything and to hold a solution for every possible problem. Their life experience and their love for us make them the best confidants.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers. – Lewis Mumford
No matter how good is the relationship between parents and children, it seems that there is a conflict of generations that can never be entirely surpassed. When children find themselves aware of this conflict, they seek solace in the advice and wisdom of their grandparents.
It’s amazing how grandparents seem so young once you become one. – Unknown
We grow up thinking about grandparents as old people, but as we progress through life and we transition from one stage to another ourselves, we stop thinking about parents or grandparents as old people. When we become grandparents, we discover that despite our age, we always remain young inside.
Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love. – Unknown
Grandparents always surprise us with their quirkiness and their openness to enjoyment and wonder. They are free to love, to share great stories, and to laugh with us. They are there for us in times of happiness and struggle, overwhelming us with their advice and caring hugs.
A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend. – Unknown
Being a grandmother is an overwhelming experience because it includes a mix of everything. A grandmother is much more experienced as a parent, but her role is also less demanding. She is a friendly teacher and a wise friend at the same time.
A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance. – Unknown
Grandparents are parents who can relive their parenthood experience without all the crushing anxiety and fear of their first experience. Being a grandparent is a second chance when one can do things better and wiser. Grandparents have learned from their past mistakes and know how to make the most of their second chance.
Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done, she becomes a grandmother. – Edward H. Dreschnack
When children leave home to start their own families, parents believe that they are finally free to enjoy some moments of peace and tranquility. However, as they become grandparents, they discover that their work is never done. Their grandchildren need their love and care as well.