Socializing Children

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Topic: What are the roles of other family members in educating the children – especially grandparents?

Although grandparents and grandchildren are not the same generation and grew up in different world, they do have a strong connection. That is why ‘a survey found that more than half of adults in the UK said they had learnt respect and manners from their grandparents’ (Netmums, 2009). This explains that not only parents, but especially grandparents, play an important role in socializing children.

As grandparents or even great grandparents have been living for a long time, they can teach their grandchildren with their own ‘precious great life experience’ (Nguyen Thanh Binh, 2012). Their stories, images, and sometimes memorabilias are true, therefore, children can easily understand and memorize special events in their family. Bytheway, children can be proud of what their ancestors did in the past. It is kind a ‘glue’ that connects children with family traditions.

Since young parents are usually go to work all day long, grandparents became great playmates and nannies. They can show their grandchildren how to draw, to sing, to dance, to play sports, to play instrument, … and children may find themselves their own interests. Grandmothers can play with dolls and barbies with girls meanwhile grandfathers play wrestling. Grandparents can also teach their children how to take care of themselves like taking a shower, getting dress, or cooking…

Last but not least, grandparents can make a strong effection to children’ characters. For example, young children are told that they have to say ‘miracle words’ such as please, thank you, sorry, etc, because their grandparents want them to do so. This may create a pollite treatment and basic disciplines in young children.

In conclution, although most people cannot deny the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, the number of 3 (or 4) generations is decreased because of the explosion of nuclear families....
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