Although grandparents and grandchildren often report mutual closeness, grandparents may report a greater degree of closeness than the younger generation.
That’s just natural. When families work as they should, children are closest to their parents and siblings.
Grandparents usually occupy their second circle or second tier of emotional proximity. As children grow, their circles enlarge, and their peers become vitally important to them. Grandparents may be further displaced.9
Grandparents, on the other hand, often live in a world of shrinking circles, as their peers and older relatives die, move away or suffer from serious health issues.
Their children and grandchildren may come to occupy a larger space in their lives rather than smaller.
What is important, however, is that grandparents who develop establish early emotional bonds with grandchildren will find that those bonds last.
Such bonds usually survive the passage of years and the many changes that both generations go through.