Thursday, May 11, 2023

Grandmas - "Experienced Moms" - Make a Difference

There is an article I have shared before, which has been "floating around" the internet where it talks about elephant grandmas; apparently research shows baby elephants are more likely to survive if there is a grandma elephant in their herd.  Newsweek Tech and Science  reported on this; they said - "Turns out grannies are very important to baby ellies. New research conducted over four decades in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park shows female elephants with a living mother have better chances at reproduction and give birth to babies more likely to survive." 

They studied 3,000 elephants in Southern Kenya for 42 years and discovered, “having an experienced mother, one who knows how to respond to their calf's demands and how to keep them close by, makes a huge difference in whether a baby elephant survives—having a grandma adds much needed extra help.”

Our grandchildren definitely benefit from having grandmas - "experienced" moms - active in their lives, too! We grandmas are not able to just sit back and let the parents impact their children. We do not get to "retire" from being grandmas. It matters for us to make the effort to support our grown children and our grandchildren - we must be the ones who connect and stay connected with the ones we love.

So, as you celebrate Mother's Day, remember the grandmas and celebrate them, too - they are able to make a difference when they are engaged in the lives of their grandchildren.

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