Aside from their parents, a child's grandparents can be one of the biggest influences on their life, straight from birth. The way our moms and dads change and adapt from acting as our parents to our children's grandparents can be so fun to watch (though stressful, at times), but luckily, you may not have to wait until your child's older to realize the impact their grandparents will have on them — some of it's in the stars.
That's right; depending on Grandma or Grandpa's zodiac sign and the tendencies that go with it, there's a lot you can potentially tell about how they'll interact with your child. Although we're all a little biased toward our own kids' grandparents, these are the astrological signs that make the most awesome grandparents, ranked from best to worst (but spoiler alert: they're all pretty damn great).
1. Cancer (June 21 — July 22)
A Cancer grandparent is an adoring one. From the moment their grandchild is born, they'll be protective and nurturing of the little one. Because a Cancer tends to be empathetic and a good listener, they'll be your biggest ally as you navigate parenting, helping you with your baby, offering advice from the time when their own kids (possibly you) were small, and letting you vent about the tough stuff without butting in. Once their grandchild is older, they'll do the same for them — lending a listening ear often, empathetic to their struggles no matter how big or small.
2. Pisces (Feb. 19 — March 20)
A typical Pisces grandparent is always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it be picking up their grandkid from school, babysitting last-minute, or hosting a weekend slumber party. Their creative nature means that your child's time with them will be packed with imaginative art projects and clever activities — and most importantly, no boredom! Because of their sensitive and kind disposition, a Pisces grandparent will usually be attuned to what their grandchild feels and needs and will be available to support them, give them a shoulder to cry on, and make them feel loved and valued (but on the other hand, they could easily get sensitive over a lack of time spent with their family, even if there's a perfectly excusable reason).
3. Libra (Sept. 23 — Oct. 22)
A Libra grandparent, who is likely fair-minded, will be a source of balance in your child's life. Always brimming with good advice, listening to any and everything your child has to say, and offering guidance when necessary, a Libra's grandparenting will be easygoing, as they avoid confrontation wherever possible. This may mean that they won't implement the same types of discipline you yourself would in times of trouble, but because they're so easy and peaceful to be around, your children will likely embrace positive behavior around them.
4. Gemini (May 21 — June 20)
Geminis tend to be good at just about everything they try and are always trying to grow. The time your child has with their Gemini grandparent will likely be spent learning and trying new things. Typically spirited and energetic, these grandparents won't appear to be like other "old" people and will keep up with your little ones no problem. Since people of this sign are usually very social and can talk about just about anything, there may be both pros and cons to the relationship your parent has with their grandchild — either they'll be there for your child, lending a listening ear and giving worldly advice, or they'll talk a little too too much, broaching subjects like the birds and the bees with your child before you can (though for many of us, that may not be the worst thing).
5. Aries (March 21 — April 19)
Always enthusiastic and passionate, time with an Aries grandparent will be full of life and fun activities (and since they have the tendency to pack out their own schedules, they'll probably have enough planned for more than one visit with their grandkids at all times). Know that with their Aries grandma or grandpa, your child will go on adventure after adventure, whether it be making and trying a new food in the kitchen, exploring the backyard, or learning something exciting at the local museum. However, due to their tendencies to be both daring and confident, they may be a bit pushy when it comes to parenting techniques they disagree with you about — or they could ignore your direction when it comes to caring for your kids during the time they spend together (making you look like a "bad guy").
6. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 — Dec. 21)
Because Sagittariuses are known to have hearts of gold, a grandparent of this sign will love their grandchildren something fierce and desire to give them as much as they can. However, being energetic and adventurous, they'll likely give your children the gift of experiences over a new toy or video game. Additionally, a Sagittarius grandparent will use their supreme sense of humor to make their grandchildren laugh and will be able to create a fun and memorable experience no matter where they are together. But because they can tend to be spontaneous and impulsive, their enthusiasm may get in the way of their common sense, something to look out for, especially when they're watching your younger children who need the most caring for.
7. Scorpio (Oct. 23 — Nov. 21)
Although Scorpios tend to be sarcastic and hilarious, a grandparent with this sign values truth and honesty above all else. They'll instill these values in your children, encouraging them to be truthful and respectable in all that they do. Their intuitive nature will make them great with your kids no matter what stage of life they're at, but they could possibly become even more in tune with your child's needs than you are, which may rub off as superiority. However, because they're loyal and will put their family's needs before their own, they'll appreciate an open and assertive chat should you feel that they're stepping on your toes a bit.
8. Taurus (April 20 — May 20)
Taurus grandparents will likely be very affectionate and patient with their grandchild. They're down to earth, making them easy to talk to, and they're responsible, which will put you at ease when leaving your child with them. Their practical and calm approach to the world means your child's experiences and time with them will be relaxing and valuable, but their tendency to be stubborn could mean that they have difficulty letting go of the fact that they're not their grandchild's parent and can't make all of the official parenting decisions.
9. Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22)
Leos, known to be cheerful and playful, make for great grandparents in the sense that they'll always be up to do something fun with their grandchildren, whether it be setting up a stage for a puppet show or having an impromptu art show with your child's creations. However, Leos tend to be very generous, which might result in a grandparent who spoils. They could also be a bit stubborn self-absorbed, which may translate to a number of things in relation to you and your child: pushing their own interests and ideals on their grandkids or demanding time with them but being fussy about when and where to see them.
10. Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22)
Often quick learners, Virgos will make great grandparents who get back in the swing of caring for small children easily. Their ability to multitask means they'll likely be the type of grandparent to engage nearly all of their attention to their grandchild while also performing procedural background activities (like cooking) to ensure they make the most of their time together. However, with tendencies toward perfectionism, a Virgo grandma or grandpa may be controlling or critical of your parenting methods and your kids' behaviors. They may step on toes from time to time, but they mean well and truly believe they're doing the best things for their family, even if you don't agree.
11. Capricorn (Dec. 22 — Jan. 19)
On the one hand, a Capricorn grandparent will be responsible and focused during their time with your kids, giving you peace of mind and the ability to truly relax after dropping them off for a visit. They're both loyal and devoted, meaning they'll likely dote on their grandchildren, and they maintain enough practicality and self-control for you to know they won't spoil your kids. On the other hand, their tendency to keep secrets well could backfire should your children choose them as a confidante, and because they appreciate order, they may turn out to be a bit controlling.
12. Aquarius (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18)
Those who are born under the Aquarius sign are known to be a bit shy and prefer independent activities, which may not make them the ideal playmate for a toddler. However, though they tend to shy away from big displays of emotion, Aquarius grandparents will be good listeners who are always up for an intellectual conversation with their older grandchildren and will definitely offer a helping hand to their loved ones when needed, as they're loyal and devoted to their friends and family.