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Sandie with daughter Sophia (13) and grandkids Diesel, River, Zada, Vander and Phoenix

self-esteem.” Sandie feels that, as grandparents, we can help nurture our grandchildren’s self-esteem by “showing them the way”—by being confident and successful in whatever we do, whether it’s running a business, doing charitable work or growing a garden. Like her father before her, Sandie is also a firm believer in encouraging children to follow their dreams. “I raised my children with the belief that anything is possible, and that is what we can do as grandparents: instill that belief in our grandchildren,” she says. Sandie also stresses the importance of being involved in our grandchildren’s lives...“but then not feeling bad that you can’t do

everything.” Like many working grandparents, Sandie cannot be there for all of her grandchildren’s activities. “I may be in Japan and won’t be able to attend River’s play,” she cites as an example. So she’ll explain to her grandson why she can’t be there and the importance of what she’s doing. She also hosts all those family gatherings at her four sprawling homes, so that “TuTu,” as the grandchildren call her, can wake up to the “pitter-patter of feet” and create wonderful memories with River, Diesel, Zada, Phoenix, Vander, Desmond and soon, another new grandbaby. “I have long walks...and my grandchildren come with me... and that’s a great opportunity to hear, to listen, to them,” she says. “Boy, do I learn from them.” And they learn from her what is perhaps the most empowering lesson of all: that they, too, can do anything they want to do.
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Colleen Sell is the former editor of the Cup of Comfort book series; the coauthor or ghostwriter of several books, including The Everything Kids’ Gross Cookbook; and the grandmother of six incredible human beings.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011

GRAND - May/June 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
Rational Grandkids? Yes!
Bragging Rights
Cover Story: A Force For Good
Charlie & Gaytha Hillman: Grand Entrepreneurs
Improving Medicare
Grand Products
Growing Old vs. Growing Up
Too Old For Sex?
Kids as Caregivers
My Way or the Highway
Kinship Care
Find Fun Things To Do
Straight Talk on Disabilities
Look for the Moon in the Morning
Toys ’n Tech
Grand Finale
Op-Ed: Is Sex Forever?
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - intro
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - GRAND - May/June 2011
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 2
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 3
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Treasure Hunt
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Table of Contents
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand View
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 7
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Central
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 9
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 10
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 11
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Rational Grandkids? Yes!
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 13
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Bragging Rights
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 15
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 16
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 17
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 18
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Cover Story: A Force For Good
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 20
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 21
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Charlie & Gaytha Hillman: Grand Entrepreneurs
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 23
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Improving Medicare
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 25
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Products
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 27
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Growing Old vs. Growing Up
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 29
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Too Old For Sex?
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 31
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Kids as Caregivers
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 33
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 34
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 35
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - My Way or the Highway
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 37
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 38
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 39
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 40
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Find Fun Things To Do
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Straight Talk on Disabilities
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 43
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Look for the Moon in the Morning
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 45
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Toys ’n Tech
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 47
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Finale
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 49
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Op-Ed: Is Sex Forever?
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 51
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 52
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 53
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 54
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