Have you ever wondered why some grandparents have strong bonds with their grandchildren while others do not? These key relationships are influenced by a variety of circumstances, personality traits, and lifestyle factors. However, research has revealed some distinct patterns that help explain why some grandparents are more connected to their grandchildren than others.
Merrill Silverstein and Vern L. Bengtson, among others, have studied a concept known as “intergenerational solidarity.” They identify six key factors that influence “solidarity” or relationship closeness.
Some of these factors are beyond our control, while others are not. Knowing the essential components of a grandparent-grandchild relationship can help you concentrate on what you can influence to strengthen bonds.