Why A Trip To Grandma’s House May Make Your Child Smarter!


My kids have two grandmas and they love going to their grandma’s house. So we try to bring them to see their grandmas as often as possible. It’s good for them and it’s good for us, but there’s another benefit. According to researchers at Notre Dame, exposing your child to many supportive caregivers (not just mom) is good for your child’s IQ! It also helps your child to better cope with adversity and stress and makes them more empathetic.

When I read this bit of information, I immediately scheduled a visit to my mother in law’s house. This past weekend, though, we went to my mom’s house and the kids had a ball! They spent time with my mother, my grandmother, their aunts and uncles and of course cousins!

For more on the Notre Dame study and how cultural practices can either enhance or hinder your child’s brain development click here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130107110538.htm” target=”_blank”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130107110538.htm and make more time for family!


  1. You’re soo lucky to have relatives close! I love living in NYC, but our extended family is so far away and with a new little one, its even harder :(

    • Having family close by definitely has its advantages but the upside for you is that you have more reasons to travel which is also fantastic!

  2. kestiime says:

    I appreciated this post and insight as to how to physically travel with three toddlers?

    • Thanks Kestiime! It’s not easy traveling with three toddlers and for a while we avoided it but we do a lot of traveling now. Our kids get so much out of it and now there’s research to show just how much they get out of it, so it’s worth the effort.

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