The relationships which are created when a new baby enters the world are among the strongest in the world – the bond between grandparents and grandchildren are truly special. But did you know that most grandparents say that the role is not just important, but it is the single most fulfilling they have ever experienced? Grandparents also report improved relationships with their grown children when grandchildren enter the picture. It seems that building a strong legacy is one of the best things you can do for your family – and it is this dynamic that we celebrate on National Grandparents Day.
Marian McQuade is the mother and grandmother behind the establishment of the holiday, which is observed on September 10. She did not envision a commercial holiday, rather she dreamed of the day becoming an opportunity for family reunions and time spent together, sharing stories and strengthening relationships. She felt it important to set time aside to allow grandparents to impart wisdom and experience to the younger generations – and for those younger generations to reciprocate with love and gratitude.
Society seems to agree with McQuade’s vision. Although culturally America is not known for multi-generational living, at least not in recent decades, we are seeing a return to this tradition. At the moment, 37% of households have a grandparent heading up the household, and the number is growing every day.
Money From Grandma: It’s no myth, grandparents spend $52 billion dollars per year on their grandchildren, and most can afford to – grandparents own 75% of the wealth in the country.
If you are looking for a beautiful way to honor your grandparents – or to help you kids to do so – the floral designers at Al’s Florist are happy to help. Whether roses or lilies for Grandma or a green plant for Grandpa’s lanai, we’ve got everything you need to let them know how special they are.