Community view: Grandchildren deserve our attention

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 December 2017


I was alarmed to read recently that the University of Glasgow has done some research which shows that grandparents can be seriously detrimental to their grandchildren’s health!!

Rev Ann EasterRev Ann Easter

I thought carefully about our four grandchildren, three girls and a boy, who are aged between six and 13, and the time that Christopher and I spend with them and what we do together.

They have always enjoyed cooking and baking and a certain amount of raw cake mixture has been consumed when bowls were scraped - is uncooked flour dangerous? Then, naturally, they had to sample the finished cakes, without, and then with, icing – sometimes while they were still warm – was that safe?

They love dancing and I have been obliged to do all sorts of complicated jive steps which involves throwing them about but I think it is I who have suffered more physical injury than they – and notice that Glasgow University don’t mention that possibility!

Then we sometimes go shopping and they seem to end up with lots to carry... was that possibly injurious to their little arms?

But then I thought how they had been the centre of our attention; they had been listened to as if they were a combination of royalty and visiting academics, their every whim – can we make a fort? Walk the dog? Have ice cream for breakfast? and so on, indulged and I realised that spending time with people who adore them can be nothing but good.

And it’s great for us too because they’re such nice and funny people and, after hours of unalloyed fun, we can give them back!

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