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Grandparents and Grandchildren: Match Made in Heaven

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Grandparents and grandchildren just seem like a natural fit. And research from Concordia University and Wilfrid Laurier University, bears this out.

Medicare.org reported that visits with your grandchildren may keep old people young longer, both physically and mentally.

Grandparents can offer so much to their grandkids. They tend to have more time available to the children than the parents can afford.

Years of experience, family traditions and stories about the children and their parents make grandparents a valuable commodity. And all of this is wrapped up in the unique love they can give their grandkids.

Seniors often have less to juggle in their daily lives, and can make more time with their families. Theirs is a special touch with family celebrations, vacations and holidays.

At a time of life when many seniors may feel like they've been set aside, grandparents can be at the center of of their grandchildren's sense of family, history and continuity. Not bad rewards for spending afternoons drinking pretend tea and driving toy cars across the carpet with the little ones you love most.

This is of course much easier to do if your children and grandchildren live in your area, or even within a couple of hours' drive. But what if your family lives in another state, or even another country?

If you travel to them, or if they come to you, the logistics will be different from those in the same community, but still workable with a little imagination and planning.

If you are the one traveling to visit your family, you may be staying in the guest room, or you might rent a cottage or hotel room nearby. Here, simply following the basic rules of being a good guest will be all you need to keep in mind.

That, and Rule Number One for grandparents -- Bring gifts!

If on the other hand you will be playing host to your grandchildren, with or without their parents, there are a few things to take care of ahead of time. Take the age of your grandchildren into consideration. Toddlers will require special vetting of the terrain.

That is to say, everything that can be put up high, should be put up high.

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