If you’re a grandparent in Arkansas or elsewhere who is wondering whether you will play a routine and meaningful role in the lives of your grandchildren, take heart from the Millennial Connections study.
That survey sampling of more than 1,000 parents and caregivers of that generation (you might reasonably think of individuals from approximately 21-37 years old here) revealed a very encouraging piece of information for grandparents.
And that is this: Most kids of parenting age place grandparents at the top of the list when it comes to trusted go-to sources for rendering parenting advice.
That’s nice to know, isn’t it? You might have thought that the younger generation’s obsession with online life and social media might have put someone like Kim Kardashian on that pedestal
The survey indicates that such is hardly the case, though. Celebrities pitch products, and young parents know that their children are something else altogether. Reportedly, only about 13 percent of parents think celebrity-delivered information concerning children is particularly relevant.
Grandparents are different, though, with the data stressing the high level of trust posited in them on wide-ranging child-centric matters. Millennial Connections points especially to three topics where grandma’s and grandpa’s advice is especially valued, namely, child nutrition, developmental milestones and communication ability.
Knowing such information is likely edifying to legions of grandparents just in a general way. It confirms the broad-based reality that they are most often overwhelmingly welcomed for the knowledge, love and support they literally bring to the table when it comes to child-rearing.
Their presence is neither automatically confirmed or legally sanctioned, though, with parents in most states having the sole right to determine visitation and related matters.
We’ll take a look at Arkansas’ stance on that in an upcoming blog post.