Compared to parents, grandparents and their interactions with their grandkids have received comparatively little attention in the literature. However, about 75 percent of persons will eventually have grandchildren, and in the UK, the average age at which they do so is presently 54.
Therefore, for around a third of their lives, the majority of people will be grandparents. Family ties are becoming more vertical or tight as a result of dropping birth rates and demographic aging in Western industrialized nations, creating «families on a pivot» where grandparents may take on a bigger role. And a wide spectrum of psychologists, particularly experts in the social, developmental, therapeutic, and educational sciences, ought to be interested in this position. Grandparents today frequently receive positive press. Not always the case.
From the 1930s to the 1950s, clinical case studies like «Grandma:
The Trouble in Raising Children and Grandma Made Johnny Delinquent both criticized grandparents for interfering with their grandchildren’s upbringing in traditional and didactic ways.
In reality, there is some corroborating evidence: Grandmothers are reported to be more strict and authoritarian than mothers, according to Staples and Smith (1954). However, attitudes around parenting were fast evolving in the 1950s, and Townsend observed that «grandparents were especially liberal with grandchildren» after speaking with senior citizens in the UK.