My girls' grandparents love to brag about their grandchildren. What grandparent doesn't? Turns out a new study confirms that grandparents might just be able to take some credit for how great their grandkids turn out to be.

 

For the study, researchers from Brigham Young University interviewed 408 kids between the ages of 10 and 14 about their relationships with their grandparents. Then they visited the kids again one year later to assess their emotional development.

 

According to the study, kids who had a strong relationship with their grandparents developed a greater sense of care and concern for people outside of their immediate group of friends and family.

 

“The bottom line is that grandparents have a positive influence on their grandkids that is distinct from the effect of the parent-child relationship,” said lead study author Jeremy Yorgason.

 

So go ahead grandparents, keep on bragging. And be sure to pat yourselves on the back too for helping your grandkids become as awesome as they are.

 

The study was published in the Journal of Research on Adolesence.

 

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