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Grandchildren can reap great benefits from their grandparents

One of the main reasons why grandparents pursue grandparents' rights is that they want to have that bond with their grandchildren. This is actually a pretty important part of the child's life too. Parents, as well as grandchildren, should learn about the benefits of a grandchild having a good relationship with their grandchildren.

One big benefit is that the children can learn from the cultural knowledge of their grandparents, such as hearing family stories and knowing about some of the traditions that the grandparents know. This can help the children have an appreciation for their familial history as they grow up.

Grandparents can also help the children with social and behavioral development. One thing that might help the children is having overnight visits with their grandparents. This teaches them how to be away from their parents at night without having to be concerned about being with unfamiliar people.

Unfortunately, some grandparents aren't involved in the life of any grandchild. This is a difficult spot for the grandparents, but it can also have a negative impact on the children. These grandparents might decide that they are going to pursue legal remedies to be able to see their grandchildren.

Seeking grandparents' rights is something that should be considered carefully because the legal action might ruin the relationship even more than the damage that already exists.

Grandparents who don't live close to the grandchildren and those who don't have a good relationship with them might decide to take small steps to get in touch with the children. This might include video chats, phone calls or instant messages. Trying to find ways to bridge the gap with the grandchild's parents might also be helpful.

Source: KidsHealth, "Bonding With Grandparents," accessed Dec. 29, 2017

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