If your grandmothers was part in your upbringing, your childhood memories are probably filled with joy and the feeling of safety and comfort. Few of us have ever thought there was any difference in the way paternal and maternal grandmothers influence their grandchildren. According to scientists, however, there is something special we get from our maternal grandmothers apart from their love and affection.
Here at Doozaholic we’ve studied some theories of a maternal grandmother role in a child’s life and here’s our findings:
Genes are basic units of heredity made up of DNA. According to genetics, grandparents share on average 25% of their DNA with their grandchildren. The exact percentage depending on the DNA swapping. We inherit genes from both grandparents. According to scientists however, it’s the maternal grandmothers who have the higher degree of influence on the offspring.
3- There’s something Little-known our Grandmothers give us.
Maternal grandmothers have closer connection with their grandchildren, as they give birth to the mothers who in their turn give birth to the children. In many families maternal grandmothers tend to bear more responsibility for the kids and spend more time with them. It’s not only the psychological connection that makes the role of maternal grandmothers so important, some other theories suggest also that genetically-speaking, paternal and maternal grandmothers unequally invest in their grandchildren.
2- Scientific theories prove that there is a Powerful genetic bond between maternal grandmothers and their children.
One of the theories claims that the difference in the way maternal grandmothers are connected to grandchildren is explained by the X-chromosome connection. Maternal grandmothers have 25% X relatedness to both grandsons and granddaughters, while paternal grandmothers pass on one of their X-chromosomes to their granddaughters, but not to their grandsons. This makes paternal grandmothers 50% X-related to their granddaughters and 0% X-related to their grandsons.
Another theory suggests that the so-called “paternal uncertainty” may greatly influence the grandparents’ incentive to take care of their grandchildren. Paternal uncertainty implies that male members of the family arn’t sure they are bringing up their own children, as they do not give birth. In the long run it may decrease the engagement of paternal relatives, including grandmothers, into caretaking behavior toward the offspring. At the same time, a woman is always sure she gave the birth to her child which makes the matrilineal connection the strongest in the family throughout generations.
1- Other theories suggesting the unique role of the maternal grandmother.
This theory that was developed by the Chilean novelist, essayist and playwright Alejandro Jodorowsky, suggests that of all the 4 grandparents we are most tightly connected to our maternal grandmothers. According to his theory, our genes may “skip” a generation and be passed from our grandparents directly to us, which can be proven by the fact that some people resemble their grandparents more than their moms and dads. Jodorowsky believes that apart from biological material, mothers pass on emotions to their daughters who later pass them on to their children.
The theories we’ve just shared with you speak about the special role of the maternal grandmother in the life of a child. We are all different, however, and we have different families with different relationships. So, let us be thankful and appreciate the love of our grandfathers and grandmothers, regardless of the genetic relatedness.
The Dazzling Multigenerational households
When living with maternal grandmother on the same household, it seems that her importance is not that important after all, or the least we can say is that is no documentation showing her importance when it comes to multigenerational shared households.
The India, Middle East and North Africa, many recently married couples tend to live with their parents for the first few years, this allows them to overcome some of the financial challenges, since most of the time the husband is freshly employed. In other cultures like the Bangladeshi families young parents usually live with paternal grandparents.
Teenagers and Grandmother Fascinating Relationship
Many surveys involving teenagers show that although, they grew up, they still very attached to their maternal grandmother, and those studies are particularly interesting because, the subject are qualified and old enough to engage into a more meaningful and spontaneous interactions, this allow scientist to draw competent conclusions about the nature of the relationship.
In one study of British Teens* 90% of the subjects consider their maternal grandmother to be the most important member of the family right after their parents and the maternal grandfather comes on the third position. According to 80% of these teens and by being immerse in the school life, they had meaningful discussions about their future with their grandmothers.
Your Thoughts are important:
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