Outside of their pure cuteness, they also are very beneficial to the grandparents. Research published in the journal of the North American Menopause Society found that grandmothers who babysat once a week scored higher on cognitive tests versus those who did not.
Like anything though, the key is moderation.
The same study also found that grandparents who babysat five or more days per week scored lower on the same tests.
In addition to the study, there is a growing body of research that shows social interaction is a key component to healthy lifestyles for seniors. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says that there is a “strong correlation between social interaction and health and well-being among older adults.” The NIA goes on to note that watching grandchildren helps seniors be more healthy and active.
So what are you waiting for? If you have a young child, this is the perfect excuse to get the grandparents to take the kids off your hands for a day. It’s a win-win for everyone.
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