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Grandparents Know Best

July 22, 2011

Grandparents have the potential to play a huge role in a child’s life.  In America it is not always custom to settle down near the rest of your family, but in reality this could be a savior for everyone.  In recent studies it has been shown that grandparents have a higher chance of keeping your children safe while driving, and they create an amazing comfort zone for your kids.

In a study in the Journal of Pediatrics and in article published by the LA Times it was found that kids driving with their grandparents had less chance of injury than when driving with their own parents.  This is somewhat contradictory to other studies showing that older people are more likely to be involved in car accidents.  The study looked at interviews and insurance data from 2003 to 2007 and found that .7% of crashed involved grandparents while 1.05% involved parents.  A suggestion as to why this data might be true is because grandparents take many extra precautions when driving their grandkids, they have very precious cargo on board.  Although it may be uncomfortable to let other people drive your children, there are going to be times when it is necessary.  Make sure that whoever is driving them knows all safety measures in order to keep your child safe.

Last week the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of children living with a grandparent has increased by 64% in the last 10 years.  Some of this may be due to the current economy, but it is known that grandparents can be an amazing emotional support system both for your child and your self.  Grandparents are great babysitters, they care about you as a parent and as their child, and they can help teach your children a lifetime of experiences.  Family is a special support system that everyone needs in their life.  As kids grow older and get into their teens, talking to parents is not always the easiest, by creating a group of people for your kids to trust it allows them to go to people you trust as well.


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