The relationship between a grandchild and a grandparent is an irreplaceable and unforgettable bond. Grandparents are there for you no matter what, and their love truly is unconditional. We're sure all grandparents would agree that becoming a grandmother or a grandfather is by far one of the most beautiful and fulfilling experiences life could give.
Being able to watch your own children become parents and help them navigate that strange, scary, and exciting journey is priceless (not to mention, humbling). New parents usually gain a new respect for their elders once they've decided to go down the parenthood road themselves. Oftentimes, grandparents will be the first ones to receive a call when something goes awry.
Even so, we can't deny that the most special and gratifying relationship of all is the treasured friendship between a grandparent and a grandchild. Grandparents get the chance to bring out their grandbabies' creative side with stories they'll remember forever, travel to fun places (the movies, the beach, or anywhere else their parents might not have the time to go), and sneak them a few of their favorite treats in between lunch and dinner. Grandparenting gives grandparents the chance to bend the rules, ultimately creating a cherished bond that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Sometimes these friendships are so overwhelmingly meaningful, it's hard to put our feelings into words. If you're having trouble, here are a few of our favorite grandparent quotes.
1. Grandparents sprinkle stardust.
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." — Alex Haley
2. Every child should get the chance to feel the love and warmth of both of their grandparents.
"Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being." — Margaret Mead
3. Grandparents provide children with a security blanket when times get tough.
"A child needs a grandparent, anybody's grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world." — Charles and Ann Morse
4. Being a grandparent is a priceless experience.
"What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure." — Gene Perret
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5. Give your parents grandbabies and they'll gift you with a babysitter.
"Have children while your parents are still young enough to take care of them." — Rita Rudner
6. Grandparents are basically "grand-angels."
"Sometimes our grandmas and grandpas are like grand-angels." — Lexie Saige
7. Grandchildren are a gift from above.
"Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old." — Mary H. Waldrip
8. The moment you transition from a mother to a grandmother is almost magical.
"A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do." — Lois Wyse
9. Grandparents are the best medicine the world could give.
"Grandparents make the world... a little softer, a little kinder, [and] a little warmer." — Unknown
10. A grandmother's love is eternal.
"Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever." — Unknown
Watch the video below to see celebrity grandparents spending time with their adorable grandchildren: