Grandparents – Vital to Family Life?

Are you off to vist the grandparents this half term? Grandparents are an important part of your family life according to a new survey to launch which has shown that over half of adults in the UK (55%) say they have learnt respect and manners from their grandparents, and almost as many say they showed them the different between right and wrong (48%).  The teaching of essential life skills continue with a quarter (24%) having been taught how to believe in themselves and almost a fifth (18%) shown how to cook by their grandmothers and grandfathers. 

Almost a third of grandchildren (31%) say their grandparents are like ‘second parents’ to them, more than one in seven (15%) say they are like ‘confidants’, and one in ten (10%) described their role as a ‘counsellor’ in their times of need. brings community elements like groups and comments to an audience often not catered for on ‘parenting’ communities. We’ve aimed to make the site as user-friendly (and generally friendly!) as possible and have packed it full of useful information and friendly articles.

Importantly, the site has online advisers available for when grandparents have issues they need help with, such as contact, access to benefits or dealing with family breakdown.

We appreciate every bit of help we can get to share the site with as many grandparents as possible. Our new study was released today, commissioned to mark the launch of

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