Starts at Sixty recently listed some of the traits we love best about grandmas, and readers asked for a list about granddads too. Here are ten of the many things which make our granddads so special!
1. You share wisdom with the little ones
Whether it’s showing the grandkids how to bait a line, paint a fence or swing really high, granddads are wonderful at imparting their wisdom. This also teaches little ones how to respect the ideas of others.
2. You encourage the little ones to play outside
Passing a ball in the backyard, cheering at the grandkids’ team sports or just taking them to the beach! We love how granddads encourage the little ones to play outdoors and use their imaginations.
3. You tell the best jokes
Everyone knows what a “Dad joke” is, but “Granddad jokes” are even better! We love how granddads make their grandchildren laugh, even if it means acting silly.
4. You’re always there in times of need
Granddads can always be relied on to help their grandkids. Whether it’s with a listening ear, a bear hug or even some sage advice, we appreciate how granddads are always there for support.
5. You teach the little ones about history
Most granddads have been through a lot, whether it’s military service or international travel. We love how granddads talk about these experiences, because it teaches the little ones about history and culture.
6. You share your hobbies with the little ones
Granddads often have a hobby, whether it’s model trains or stamp collecting. We love how granddads share these pursuits with their littlest apprentices, and show that technology is not always needed!
7. You talk about the family tree
We love how granddads will share even the most embarrassing stories about growing up. It teaches little ones that older people haven’t always been “old”, and that each relative has a life experience to share.
8. You spoil the grandkids
Two serves of ice-cream when grandma doesn’t notice? A cheeky $10 note in a birthday card? We love how granddads spoil their grandkids, with the sweetest little gestures!
9. You instil honour and respect
Granddads teach the little ones about integrity. Whether by speaking warmly to their wives, maintaining a strong work ethic or being financially responsible – granddads embody the principles of honour and respect.
10. You love unconditionally
Just like the rest of each family, granddads love their grandchildren unconditionally. We love how granddad’s house feels just like a second home. Thank you to each and every granddad out there!