May 13, 2022
This episode is another one-on-one conversation with you and me. I open up the conversation with a quick trip report from my last trip to Virginia the week before Easter. I spent a lot of time with my grandson, who is almost four years old. I confess that spending multiple days with him wore me out physically and mentally.
It has been a long time since I chased toddlers around a playground and museum for hours at a time. I also forgot that three-and-a-half-year-olds don't just play 20 questions; they play 120 questions and tend to compress those questions into a 25-minute car ride.
It was a great trip being around my grandson and granddaughters, but it was also nice to hand them off at the end of the day and have some time to recharge my batteries before the next round of adventures.
I also want to talk to you about grandfathers taking on the role of a coach in our relationship with our grandchildren. You might think of being a coach in other terms, such as teacher, mentor, guide, or another title. Use whatever title makes sense to you, but grandfathers ARE leaders AND motivators for our grandchildren and children.
We dive into what are some good characteristics of a good coach. Good coaches are made up of the following attributes:
Understands Life and Leads by Example
Sponge for Knowledge
Shares the Knowledge
Deeply knows the player (grandchild)
Energizes and Motivates Others
After listening to this episode, I hope that you think about the attributes of the good coaches and mentors you had in your life. Do you intentionally practice and take on the attribute of a coach when it comes to your relationship with your grandchildren?
Click HERE to listen to my one-on-one show about being a cheerleader.