Grandparents play an important role in the lives of children. They are there to cheer on their grandchildren at soccer games, pick them up from school and, of course, to spoil them with new toys and sugary snacks.

With National Grandparents Day coming up on Sept. 11, what better way to honor these special family members than by asking children what they love about their own grandparents?

Lachlan Schwaigert of Collierville, Tenn., looks forward to visiting his grandparents, Ed and Becky Schumacher at their home in Bluffton.

“I like to swim in their pool with them,” 5-year-old Lachlan said. “I like to eat with them. That’s a special thing. I like playing with them because they are part of my family. I love them because they are sweet to me.”

Several children said they love their grandparents because they spend quality time with them.

“I love Grandma and Pop-Pop because they go on vacations with us,” 8-year-old Jorja Ulmer of Bluffton said about her grandparents Charles and Cathie Ulmer, also of Bluffton.

Bluffton 10-year-old Madigail Jozic said this about her grandparents Gail and Denis Bonnett of Hilton Head Island: “They are awesome! I love them so much! They are always here for me. They pick me up from school, help with homework, take me to karate and do fun things.”

Eleven-year-old Bennett Mullins of Bluffton said: “I love them because they do stuff with me, do things for me, and it’s just who they are.”

Bluffton brothers Hunter and Ian Jackson, ages 14 and 12 respectively, love that their grandparents Elbert and Veronica Jackson live so close to them, just over the bridge on Hilton Head. They enjoy sleeping over at their grandparents’ house on the weekends and hearing their grandmother’s stories about growing up in Scotland.

“Our Granddad loves to travel to my karate tournaments to cheer me on,” Hunter said. “He is a big inspiration in my life.”

Hilton Head resident Brody Lewis, 7, said this about his grandparents Ki and Kim Coleman of Bluffton: “I love my grandparents because if they weren’t here, I wouldn’t be here. … I love them a lot.”

Seven-year-old Jackston Jozic of Bluffton appreciates his grandparents’ generosity. “I love my Nannie and Pop-Pop because they are the best in the world,” he said about the Bonnetts. “They buy me sneakers and give me $20. They come to my assemblies, and we go on trips with them. I love them so much!”

Amy Coyne Bredeson of Bluffton is a freelance writer, a mother of two and a volunteer with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.