GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - 35

A soccer team of 4-year-olds is more concerned with making new friends than winning a game. young children. “But it’s important to remember that dealing with adversity—including handling the consequences of our own mistakes—is part of growing up.” Recalling his young son’s first time at bat in T-ball, he laughingly describes how the child drew back, smacked the ball soundly for a solid hit and then proceeded to run straight to third base. “Other fans were yelling out instructions, but I didn’t say a word. I was enjoying the moment, and I knew my son would learn from it. Eventually, he turned around and, with help from adults on the field, he made his way successfully to first.” While any parent or grandparent can handle amusing moments when a child is still learning the fundamentals, Watson acknowledges that a child who perseveres in a sport will inevitably encounter times of trial that are a bit more challenging. When he or she makes errors on the field of play, what’s most needed is a sense of perspective. “Grandparents are better able to take that step back,” Watson says. “They can say to the What grandchildren Want a group of high school athletes (all of them grateful for their grandparents’ supportive attendance at games) recently produced the following “secret” wish list for consideration by those in the bleacher brigade. • Model good sportsmanship. Chances are, if you’re calm, I’ll feel more confident and that will help me play better. • resist the temptation to coach from the stands. Same goes for “car coaching” (review of strategy on the way to or from venue). I already have a coach. I need for you simply to be my grandparent, listen when I need to talk, and take me out for ice cream afterwards. • after a losing game or poor performance, don’t feel you need to find the right words to make me feel better. Sometimes, there are no right words—and that’s okay. Sometimes, I need a little time before talking. Let me lead the way. And, by the way—I love you for coming to my games and being my number-one fans. JUNE 2009 GRAND 35

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - June 2009

GRAND Magazine - June 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Poppy Joe
A Whole New Ball Game
Happy Trails
Pool Safe
Running Together
Notes from the Peanut Gallery
Ask GRAND
Inspirations
Leaving a Legacy
Writing Small Moments
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - A Whole New Ball Game
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Happy Trails
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Pool Safe
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Running Together
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Notes from the Peanut Gallery
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Ask GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Inspirations
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Leaving a Legacy
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Writing Small Moments
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Resources
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - GRAND Finale
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