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?

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We send flowers and cards. We show up to obligatory brunches and wear ugly gifts in public. But does any of that match the magnitude of what our parents have done for us? If you're a parent, you know the answer is NO. But now there might just be a real way to repay them!

We can extend their very lives!

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They gave us life and now we can give it right back! That's right! For the low, low price of allowing our parents to spend quality time looking after our children, we can help ensure our parents live longer, healthier lives.

I know, right!?

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This is terrific news!

Everyone can rejoice!

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With this study's findings, we now can give back to our parents completely selflessly simply by leaving our beloved offspring for a few short hours, or days, on a semi-regular basis. Sure, we'll miss the kids, but remember, we're doing this for our parents.

Think of all the enriching, life affirming moments they will share!

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Not 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!

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Not 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?

I guess with the free time you could think of something fun to do.

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Instead of sitting around missing the kids, maybe you could schedule a date night? Or a nap! Either way, just remember...

With all the extra babysitting help another kid might seem like a good idea.

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While the physical activity, social connection, and mental acuity of looking after children has demonstrated health benefits for seniors, too much of a good thing is still too much. Isn't it always? Off loading your kids on your aging parents too often increases their stress levels, which leads to negative impacts on their health. It's all about balance.

This is still great news that we can celebrate.

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In all seriousness, if you have parents or other older people in your life who are willing and able, it is great for everyone to have them babysit from time to time. You can enjoy some much needed down time, the kids have a broader circle of people to love and trust and who love and care for them, and the older generation gets the benefit of all that love, and of being needed and useful. You can feel good about leaving your kids with grandma!

Basically, there's endless and unexpected benefits to this arrangement.

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As more and more new technology comes out, old people are going to interact with it hilariously. With the older generation living longer healthier lives, we get more of this...

You just can't make this stuff up.

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My mom once spent 30 minutes on the phone with Apple tech support before they realized that her screen was blank because she didn't know how to turn her computer on.

So, please, let your parents, grandparents, and elderly neighbors babysit.

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Because we all need to see them use whatever the next new gadget is.