Young and old together: Why kids and the elderly benefit from close relationships

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Jan. 25, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    I love the wisdom imparted in this article. Last summer one of my teen-aged grandsons spent mornings with his great-grandfather working on a 1974 Chevy pick-up that hadn't been driven in a decade. It forged a relationship and taught both of them unforgettable lessons. His sister gave endless hours of attention to the same great-grandfather and great-grandmother, also solidifying a wonderful relationship. My grandparents meant the world to me though only one lived beyond my teen years. Substitute grandparents can be just as significant. We could solve a lot of problems with more interaction between the young and old.

  • Grace Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 16, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    Yeah, and "unconditional" love, too!!

    Please excuse the type-O, LOL!

  • Grace Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 15, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    Grandparents are God's gift of inconditional love.

    Thank you for highlighting that fact here!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    I saw the great impact my parents had on my older children before they died. They were models for me of the powerful example of grandparenting and the lasting effect of personal connecting with older family members.

    I have developed a close relationship with most of our grandchildren. Five years ago they (and our children) reached out to me when I lay on death's door. It made a few of them realize how precious our time was together on this earth. Our time became "quality time." Four of them are now on LDS Church Missions around the world. They know they can count on a letter from me every week. I encourage them and love them unconditionally from a different perspective, a nonjudgmental grandparent. They all tell me how important that weekly email and relationship is. Interestingly, the ties are growing stronger while they are gone.

    We have made time to plan outings and crafts, etc. with the younger ones as well. In those settings it is very easy to tell them our life stories, gently counsel them, and profess our great love for them. They love to have us attend their recitals, ball games, and other events.