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What is rewarding when a grandparent tells a grandchild their life story

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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted August 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM via web

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What is rewarding when a grandparent tells a grandchild their life story

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted August 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM (Answer #1)

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The rewarding part of telling a grandchild one's life story is knowing how educational and motivational this experience can be for them. Often, children find it more difficult to listen and react to parents because parents are usually the ones mainly responsible for disciplining them and often barriers have been built up to communication. 

Grandparents on the other hand, can be more forbearing,tolerant and perhaps even easy-going. Grandchildren often find them to be more approachable initially and will often confide in them as way-pavers, for advice. 

So, against this backdrop it is easy to see how a loved grandparent might be listened and their advice taken on board. Life stories are rewarding for both sides as the child sees life experiences in a historical context, can see that wrongs can be righted, misjudgements learned from, lessons learned and leading to future success and how mistakes are often just learning experiences. The grandparent feels trusted, loved and valued and that their life has been of worth to the younger generation coming up. They have the enjoyment of relliving and retelling past triumphs and great moments as well as sharing the sadness of some past events.

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