5 Reasons to Visit the Grandparents for Halloween
It’s the season of ghosts, ghouls, and monsters. As the leaves turn fiery red and you feel a chill in the air, it’s time to start making your Halloween plans. There are costumes to be made, trick-or-treat routes to be mapped out, jack-o’-lanterns to be carved, and a house to be decorated with cobwebs and skeletons.
Halloween is a special time for kids. With the approach of the spookiest holiday of the year, make sure you plan time for your kids to give grandma and grandpa a visit – in costume. Fall comes quickly (and leaves just as suddenly) in Winnipeg. Take the time to savour the season, and make sure you don’t miss out.
Carving out time between grandkids and grandparents benefits everyone. Even if your own parents are older and living in senior housing, there are a lot of reasons to visit frequently. Halloween is a great excuse, and if they’re using senior housing options in Winnipeg, you may want to check in to see if there are any seasonally-themed events going on.
1) Time with Grandparents Eases Early Separation Anxiety
If your kids are young and haven’t started school yet, spending time with grandma and grandpa is the perfect way to ease separation anxiety and get them used to spending time apart from you. It’s a chance for kids to learn that they can feel safe and secure in other homes. The world doesn’t have to be so scary after all!
2) Improved Behavior
As it turns out, children who grow up close to their grandparents tend to have fewer behavioral and emotional issues as they grow up. Spending more time with grandparents has a long-lasting impact on children’s moods, turning them into happier teens and even happier adults.
3) Close Relationships Foster Happiness
Time with grandparents has been linked to lower rates of depression in adults, and the same benefit is enjoyed by grandparents who spend more time with their grandchildren. Forming close bonds with grandchildren that last into adulthood can open up grandparents’ eyes to new perspectives on a changing world, while grandkids enjoy the benefit of quality life advice. Foster these relationships throughout childhood.
4) Kids Can Help Grandparents Live Longer
Older adults who spend more time with their grandchildren can even have longer life expectancies. Grandparents who babysit or spend time with their grand kids can add five years to their life expectancy thanks to the mental health benefits of making intergenerational connections.
5) Lower Instances of Ageism
Ageism is a pernicious behavior that can lead to a dismissive attitude toward older adults throughout life, and a low opinion of oneself at an older age. But kids who spent more time with their grandparents are much less likely to show an ageist bias against older adults.
This Halloween, stop by and visit grandma and grandpa. Bring the kids in costume and maybe even do a bit of trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Odds are the grandparents will love it.