GRAND Magazine - May/June 2019 - 22

Grandparenting

Being your grandkid's champion
BY LINDA AND RICHARD EYRE

O

ne of the most fun and
most natural parts of being
a proactive grandparent is
becoming a champion for your
grandkids.
This is not the kind of
champion we see on the
podium after winning an
Olympic event or the player
that gets carried off the field after
winning the game. This is where the
word "champion" becomes a verb as
well as a noun, and where you become the
person who elevates others as their advocate,
encourager, supporter, defender, protector, and opportunity-maker. This is the kind
of championing where you stand behind the
podium, invisible, and cheer for the person
you have mentored and trained.
In this context, who would you rather champion than your grandchildren?
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How do we become their champions? How
do we become their biggest cheerleaders and
strongest supporters and encouragers?
Much of it is natural and instinctive, because
we are so proud of our grandkids, and transforming that pride and love into active
"championship" is just saying it more, making
it more obvious, and basically just assuming the role of their agent, their promoter,
their facilitator, and their personal source of
confidence.
Beyond that, we need to realize that grandkids need a different kind of championing at
different ages. Think about the main thing
they need and the main thing you can be for
them in three different age groups:
Grandkids from babies to eight-year-olds:
Be their ringmasters
Eight to 15: Be their buddies
8 and up: Be their consultants
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