Recently, our Amblecote branch Preschool have been invited into the Amblecote Christian Centre friendship group, which takes place on a Thursday afternoon. This group supports a large number of local residents- allowing the elderly to get together once a week, sing songs together, eat good food and have a good old chat! Preschool were so honoured to be invited along in order to sing with the group and provide light entertainment for the residents. This event got us thinking about intergenerational bonds and the benefits of these.
Intergenerational bonding is the chain of relationships between ageing parents, adult children and grandchildren. For example, Preschool experiences intergenerational bonding by taking part in the friendship group, singing with the group, and talking to them through handing out birthday cards and saying “happy birthday”. This boosts the children’s confidence in new social situations and also with other generations, and this is just one of the many wonderful benefits of these experiences. Establishing intergenerational relationships allows both groups to learn about each other’s differences whilst building relationships and fulfilment. This links to some of the children’s vital developmental milestones, such as understanding and being able to recognise differences between people, as stated as part of their Understanding the World development. Continuing on from this, some more benefits of intergenerational relationships are friendships, a sense of love and self esteem. It also allows for increased health and reduced feelings of isolation.
We would love to see how you and your children experience intergenerational relationships through your home life. This could be going out to groups, spending time with grandparents or even older or younger brothers and sisters. It would be great to see some photos of this too.