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Traditionally, the term grandparent has been defined as the biological mother or father of one's own mother or father. More recently, the grandparent relationship has broadened to also include marital, legal, foster, surrogate, and even volunteer relationships. Historically, within the extended family, grandparents have been regarded as wise and respected elders. During the past century, family forms have changed dramatically, with only a minority of the population now living in households with only traditional nuclear or extended families.

Grandparents can play especially important roles in recognizing and developing the abilities of gifted children. Grandparents serve as connectors to the past, able to delineate traditions and cultural rituals. At the same time, they provide support and encouragement for the future. Key areas of influence for grandparents include ...

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