Create treasured family moments - Singapore celebrates Grandparents' Day 2010

08:25, November 29, 2010      

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More than 5,000 people, from four months-old to seniors over 70, got together for a day of fun and bonding at the annual Grandparents' Day celebrations on Sunday at the Singapore Zoological Gardens.

Celebrated every fourth Sunday of November, Grandparents' Day encourages families to take the time to acknowledge the myriad of ways in which grandparents contribute to families, and to pay tribute to them in big ways and small. The event, which also celebrates the bond between multiple generations in the family, has been celebrated in Singapore for the last 11 years.

"In Singapore and around the world, grandparents play so many roles, from caregiver, chauffeur and disciplinarian, to counselor, storyteller and family historian to their grandchildren. They fill the parenting gap in ways we cannot enumerate, and play a vital part in the health of the economy by enabling parents to go to work every day with peace of mind. Many studies show that involved grandparents positively impact the development of children," said Mr Gerard Ee, chairman of the Council for Third Age (C3A).

Just this month (November), research by Australia's over-50s insurer, APIA, found that more grandparents are not just taking on child-caring duties but also in helping families plan for the future and dispensing the voice of experience. In England, the ' 21st Century Grandparenting' report by over 50s insurance provider RIAS, also released this month, found that in the UK, grandparents are helping their children save over 12.5 million pounds in childcare costs this year.

Another national study, Grand-parenting and Child Well-being through the Eyes of Young People, conducted by University of Oxford last year, also found that grandparents are key to helping their grandchildren think about their future careers and play a critical supportive role during times of difficulty or crisis.

"Grandparenting gives older people the opportunity to stay active and involved in the family, which gives an added sense of purpose to their lives.

Grandparent-grandchild interaction is a crucial ingredient in strengthening the bond between generations, and benefits the family in many ways," added Mr Ee.

At the zoo celebrations, Mr Pan Yongwen, 73, and his 7-year-old grandson, joined 14 other multi-generational families in the Family Zoo-m Race, which sent the teams running around the zoo on a one-hour long scavenger hunt.

"I really love my grandson, so I couldn't say no when my daughter asked me to take part in the race with him. But it turned out to be very exciting, fun and a great way for us to spend the day together. Being with my family like this on Grandparents' Day has made me feel very special as a grandfather," he said.

The Grandparents' Day celebrations were organized by the Council for Third Age (C3A).

Source: Xinhua


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