The significance of grandfathers in linking families together over generations and nurturing their growth is highlighted. Ways grandfathers exert influence in family life are described, including shaping a child's sense of identity, transmitting family values, and serving as an example of caring and respect. Roles that grandfathers play are also explored, and an overview is provided of themes emerging from research on how grandfathers work to fashion stronger intergenerational relationships. 1 table and 12 references.
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