I have been thinking about the grandparents in our society and their influences on the generations younger than them. This is a very broad subject, so I want to hit a few highlights and then see what people think makes sense as we continue to find ways to support our students.
I was prompted to write after I met a grandparent of a prospective student who attended one of our admission tours. The perspective the parent had about school was multi-faceted, and the primary takeaway for me was that the grandparent was seeing in their grandchild what they saw in their own child and the grandparent did not want their grandchild to have the same challenges. I think it is well known that many dyslexics come to being a dyslexic naturally, and yes, dyslexia can be genetic.
So, what are a few things to think about? First, involved grandparents can make a big difference in the lives of their grandchildren. In another blog I read recently, the researcher,Dr. Karl Pillemer of Cornell University wrote” Research shows that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel their grandparents influenced their values and behaviors”. I was reminded of this by own daughter who told me that she learned to look at art carefully from discussions with my father. I was not surprised.
Other things to think about from research. Grandparents are living longer and can contribute in a variety of ways to their grandkids- time, wisdom, financially, community projects- and many aspects of life- like looking at art.
I think having youngsters write to their grandparents by email or even setting up a shared documents that can be shared is wonderful practice for both the older and younger person in your family. Give it a try. Finally, look at Understood. org periodically for other ideas. From my perspective, Understood.org is helping so many families in so many ways.