Arlene Pellicane on National Grandparents Day: Children Need an Adult Who’s Crazy About Them

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.  Louisa May Alcott wrote that “Every house needs a grandmother in it.” 

You might say that grandparents are like an undervalued stock.  It’s time to leverage their experience, put away our devices, and give them the honor that is due.

Psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner, co-founder of the national Head Start program, said it well, “Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.”

It was years ago when my son, Ethan, leaned his bike against a familiar porch and rang the doorbell.  It’s one of his frequent morning visits to his grandpa and grandma, otherwise known as Baba and Nana.  For several days, I didn’t even know that my son Ethan was stopping by his grandparents on the way to school.  “Don’t make a big deal of it,” my mom said.  “I don’t want him to stop coming!”

Ethan, who is the only boy in the family, knows he is the BEST grandson in the whole wide world.  In his grandparents’ eyes, no other boy can match his intellect, integrity, piano playing, or athletic abilities (although my parents can still beat Ethan in ping pong).

It’s been several years since that first morning visit.  Even though Ethan doesn’t bike to school because of the pandemic (he just logs onto the computer), he does still ride to his grandparents before school for a quick game of ping pong.  My parents greet him, grinning happily underneath their masks and face shields.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Arlene Pellicane