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10/01/2014 03:12 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2014

What Kids Crave in a Relationship With Their Grandparents

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A small portion of children are raised by their grandparents, but most grandparents are a grand add-on, providing extra eyes and hugs and positive reinforcement. Experts credit them with being a significant resource for children, contributing money, time and more to supplement parents who are often busy with everyday tasks.

Both children and grandparents describe it as "eating dessert first." Since parents have the primary responsibility to raise children, guide their moral development and see that they get the fundamentals they need, grandparents can leave that to the parents and have the freedom to simply enjoy the youngsters — and be enjoyed in return.

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