Although a bleak survey revealed that many kids now turn to Google for traditionally grandparent-y advice on everything from history to recipes, grandma and grandpa still have plenty to offer their grandchildren.
In honor of National Grandparents Day on Sept. 8, we asked Huff/Post50 readers about the life lessons they wanted to pass on to their grandkids. We received an avalanche of responses, all given with the same amazing, over-the-top love that only a grandparent can give. And kids should listen up. Another study involving more than 1,500 children found that those with a high level of grandparental involvement displayed fewer emotional and behavior problems.
So here are 13 top pieces of grandparent advice from our readers. Have anything to add? Let us know in comments. And to all you abuelos and abuelas out there... Happy Grandparents Day!
1) "Do unto others as you would like them to do to you!," said Jeanette Koval.
2) "What you put out in the world will come back to you ten-fold... good or bad," said Barbara Perry.
3) "Stay honest and keep your integrity," said Judy Benson.
4) "Life will have high peaks and low valleys, and neither is forever. Enjoy the peaks, pull yourself out of the valleys and keep going," said Jamie Wieloch Greco.
5) "I would like my grandkids to know that everyday is an opportunity to be better then they were the day before," said The Hebrew Home at Riverdale.
6) "Learn to love themselves, then love the Lord God like themselves!!!," said John E. Sowell.
7) "I hope they will always be true to themselves, be honest about who they are and not try to be someone else or live up to someone else's expectations. So I would say to my grandson, if you would rather play trumpet in the college band than tight end on the football team... Go For IT!!!" said Chrisenda Smith.
8) "Family first!" said Kathy Bevan.
9) "Embrace all kinds of people into your life. Welcome their healthy different mindsets, skill sets... and honor diversity and change," said Lillian Taylor.
10) "Don't be judgmental. You don't know what someone else is going through until you've walked in their shoes," said Melissa Thomas.
11) "Take time to have fun and smell the flowers along the way," said Tessie Strahan.
12) "Good manners don't cost a thing. Practice them and make an impression," said Kathy Adcox.
13) "People will forget how you look but they'll never forget how you have made them feel," said Sue Sebastian.