Turns out children really do keep you young!
An ongoing study of seniors in Berlin has demonstrated that grandparents who babysit end up actually living longer. Considering that until relatively recently most families lived in multi-generational homes or small villages, it's really not surprising to learn that it's beneficial to have old people spend time with young people, rather than with other old people eating jello, playing bingo, and watching courtroom TV.
This exciting finding, though, can have far reaching implications that might just have a real impact on us...
Is there really anything we can do to give thanks and show appreciation for all our parents have done for us?
We can extend their very lives!
I know, right!?
Everyone can rejoice!
Think of all the enriching, life affirming moments they will share!
via: GettyNot only does this benefit our parents, but our kids too! Rarely is a bit of news so clearly win-win. If we sacrifice some of our time with our kids, we allow our children to learn and grow from the unmatched depth of life experience and wisdom of their grandparents. Truly, it would be selfish not to drop the kids off at grandma's house. But it doesn't end there...
And the benefits don't end there!
via: GettyNot only are we giving our parents the gift of life, and giving our children the gift of old people, but by allowing our parents to babysit we'd also be supporting the struggling sugar cereal industry. In this age of conscientious parenting, and paleo and gluten free diets, surely the corn syrup industry is flagging. Enter grandparents to fill our kids' bellies with all the foods they never let us eat when we were kids. You don't want hard working Cap'n Crunch farmers to go out of business, right?