Grandparents in Spain can’t wait to hug their grandkids once lockdown comes to an end

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GRANDPARENTS in Spain can’t wait until they can give their grandchildren a hug once again once the lockdown finally comes to an end, a new study shows.

The survey of over-55s by a leading nappy manufacturer revealed that enforced confinement at home and physical separation from their families have made grandmas and granddads around the country miss their grandkids more than anything else.

No less than 83 per cent said what they most want to do when the coronavirus crisis situation is eventually under control is to cuddle the grandchildren, while 66 per cent are looking forward to giving the grandkids a kiss.

Psychologist Silvia Alava explained to Spanish press that grandparents “are reference figures for their grandchildren because they give them love, tenderness, confidence and time.

“Hugging and physical contact are essential for them and for others”, she said.

Grandparents taking part in the survey were also asked what it is about their children which makes them happy.

Nearly all of them, 98 per cent, said it was because the children are themselves happy, 96 per cent said their granddaughters and grandsons make them feel alive, and 95 per cent said it was they give them a lot of affection.

Interestingly some 45 per cent of survey participants said they believed their main role in their grandchildren’s lives is to spoil them and to make them feel loved.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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