Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Which set of grandparents love you more?

Provided they are still alive, we all have two sets of grandparents.

But if one of your pairs of grandparents thinks of you more than the other pair you shouldn’t be surprised.

Because the latest research shows that the “maternal side of any family apparently makes twice as much effort to keep in touch as the male line”.

Why is that so? Well simple really: men can never be completely certain that they are the biological father!

Thomas Pollet and colleagues at Newcastle University and a group of researchers at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, investigated how far maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents will go to maintain face-to-face contact with their grandchildren.

Mr Pollet said: "As the festive period approaches, many people will be making the effort to ensure they meet up - and we've found that's particularly important if family members are related through mothers.

"Even in families where there has been divorce, we found consistent differences - grandparents on your mother's side make the extra effort.

"Throughout history, women are always related by maternity whereas men can never be wholly certain they are the biological father to their children."

Source: This is London