The coolest grandparents let you stay up late, laugh at rude rhymes, tell you secrets and are on Facebook according to a new study.
The survey, carried out by McCarthy &Stone, the UKs leading retirement developer, polled 2,000 children aged 5 to15 to establish the traits and attributes that grandparents possess to be deemed ‘cool’.
In the cool stakes, the research found 65 per cent of children in Wiltshire described their grandparents as cool, 70 per cent said they hoped to be like their grandparents when they grow old and 69 per cent also said they thought their grandparents were much younger than their years.
On-trend grannies and granddads own an iPad, always have home-made cakes available and push money in to your hands whilst saying ‘shhhh.’
Finding YouTube videos funny, letting you choose what you want for dinner, having picnics indoors and playing on the Wii were also on the cool list. As was knowing lots of card games, listening to your music, letting you bake without moaning about the mess, and taking you on days out.
The poll also revealed the coolest grandparents in Wiltshire are most likely to be called Steve or Ted and Maggie. They push money into their grandkids’ hands saying ‘sssh’, let their grandkids choose what they want for dinner and take their grandkids on days out.
Jacqui Meenan from McCarthy & Stone said: “This survey shows how fondly children think of their grandparents. While they want their grandparents to be up to speed with the latest technology, it seems they still hanker for traditional things like card games, picnics and of course, extra pocket money. They also love days out with them and being taken on holiday.
“Having the time and freedom to spend with your grandchildren pays dividends for retirees, it’s treasured time that children will remember forever.”
Three top things grandchildren said about their grandparents’ retirement was that they enjoy their friends and family, are always active and busy, and that they have fewer responsibilities now and are making the most of it.
Two thirds of grandchildren said they can be a lot naughtier with their grandparents as they can get away with a lot more and a crafty 15 per cent said they often do very well financially out of granny and granddad. While touchingly, more than six in ten 5 to15 year olds feel they can talk to their grandmother or grandfather about absolutely anything.
And eight in ten said they felt upmost respect for their mum and dad’s parents, with the main reason being because they say what they think. Giving good advice, producing amazing meals and still being in love were other things kids admired. And one in five said ‘they hold the family together’.
Jacqui adds: “This research shows that today’s grandparents earn the highest regard and respect from their grandchildren for their fun, independence and values.
“Not only do they get stuck into their lives and interests they pass on knowledge, advice and give their grandchildren a take on life they might not otherwise get.”