My daughter calls her grandma Diduni.She likes playing with her, singing with her and pottering behind her while she works.Whenever my mum visits or we visit her it’s wonderful to see how much they enjoy each others company.My daughter learned Hanuman Chalisa and Gayatri Mantra listening to my mum.She started reciting it at a very young age.
Watching her Diduni, Rai has learned how to make tea, omelette, rice, at least orally.She learned how to make me smile easily by giving me a hug.
Grandparents are special.Their presence teaches children the value of a family bond.When my daughter is with her Diduni, she enjoys having an older playmate who takes care like a mom, but as much fun as a friend. Today as we’re spending Grandparents day my daughter helped me make chocolate oats pancake for breakfast.That’s Diduni’s favorite.They watched Baby’s Day Out which both of them enjoyed. Lunch was my moms favorite Hilsa steamed with basmati rice.We have a plan to go out for dinner at my mom’s favorite Bengali restaurant 6 Ballygunge place.It’s famous for its mouth watering non-veg Bengali thali.Rai is enjoying making this day special for her Diduni but for her, every day is a grandparent day.
How grandparents improve children’s well-being:
- Help children understand about social fabric.
- Children and grandparents help support each other emotionally when parents get busy with their day to day life. Even though nobody can take the place of parents, grandparents provide the much-needed support when both parents are working. When they see a healthy relationship between their parents and grandparents, they are more likely to be happy in their relationships.
- Grandparents ‘may be first to spot autism in a child’ This has a lot to do with how close grandparents are and how much time they spent with the kids.But frequently they being caregivers spot changes in behavior quickly.
- Childcare support from grandparents increases the chances that parents go for a second child.
When I forget science and the research studies, I remember the patisaptha made by my grandma.She used to scold me for not taking afternoon naps.For running away to play with naughty kids and for my many mis- adventures with her lipsticks.I still remember the delicious breakfast of luchi and alur dom which was a staple at Didunbari.
When I know where my parents come from, I know where I am in the life pyramid and it’s easier to find my way.The grounding comes from the people in my life.That’s what I want Rai to have too.That feeling of belonging.That feeling of growing from the same center!
If parents are the branches of trees, grandparents are the roots which help us know our parents better.The stories they tell us, the secrets they share, all are important for growing up.Nuclear families are the norm of modern society but the magic of Grandma’s payesh cannot be forgotten.
Writing this for #Lovejatao on Grandparents day.
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