The importance of close relationships

How long do most grandparents spend raising grandchildren? According to the 2000 U.S. Census, close to 40% of grandparents raising grandchildren have been doing so for five or more years. Whether your grandchildren have been with you for a long or short time, you can have a strong influence on how they relate to others.

Children's relationships with parents and grandparents are very important to healthy development. Positive relationships are an important part of every child's development.This fact sheet describes the different types of relationships and explores the long-lasting benefits of healthy relationships.

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