The importance of grandparents in our culture

The importance of grandparents in our culture

Granny, nonna, abuela, there are so many names used across in culture across the world to describe some of the most important people in many of our lives, our grandparents.

Grandparents have over the years had a prominent role in family life across culture, however shifts in the past few decades have seen that role change.

Here, the Euro Weekly News takes a look at the role of grandparents, how it has changed, and some of the names used for grandmothers internationally.

And to look after your grandparents this Christmas, we have also put together a handy guide to some of the best presents to show how much you love them this year.


The role of grandparents

Across the world, grandparents have always had a very important role in the lives of their children and grandchildren.  From plenty of hugs to providing childcare, grandparents are an essential part of many of their grandchildren´s lives.

But while traditionally grandparents have been on hand to offer childcare for their working age children, a shift in working and travel habits is increasingly changing that role.

Where families often used to live near to each other and many grandparents would spend their retirement closer to home, now culture shifts mean many retirees are increasing the amount of time they travel. Meanwhile many with young families are also choosing to start new lives abroad, increasing the distance between children and grandparents.

More people are also working online or from home, making getting in outside childcare is not as important.

However, despite those changes, the role of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren is still essential, offering the support, guidance, and love they need.


Different names across the world

There are many different names for grandparents in culture across the world, especially for grandmothers, so here are some of the most used names for grandmothers internationally.

Obaasan – Japanese

Bubbe – Yiddish

Nonna – Italian

Grand-mere – French

Tutu – Hawaiian

Babcia – Polish


The best Christmas presents for grandfathers

Grandparents are an essential part of our family culture and deserve to be given something special this year. Here, we take a look at some of the best presents to show your grandfather you love him this year.

If your grandfather is a whizz in the kitchen or likes Japanese culture, why not get his this sushi making set for your next family meal?


Or if he is a fitness fan, why not get him a sports kit to work out those muscles from home?


If he is more into outdoor sports, though, take a look at this golf training aid to help him improve his game?



The best Christmas presents for grandmothers

Everyone loves a beautiful candle, so why not get this scented one for your grandmother, to create those snuggly nights in grandparents are so good at?

Grandmothers have spent so much of their loves looking after others, so why not get them something for them to pamper themselves a bit this year with this manicure set?

Or go one step further with this all out pampering set, including s scrub, hand cream and massage oil?


In conclusion

Grandparents have been an essential part of culture for centuries, and while their role is changing they are still play a huge role.

So show your grandparents how much love them with something nice this Christmas with our handy guide to the best presents.


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Sally Underwood

Sally Underwood is a former aide to several former cabinet members and now contributes her views on Parliament’s ever-changing shape in her column for the Euro Weekly News.