Being a baseball parent can be rough, let me tell you.
The endless season, the stress and worry, the out-of-hand sports parents, the small town tournaments, the bad hotels,the can-never-please parents attacking coach husband, the countless hours washing and washing and washing uniforms, the multitude of practices, the driving, the hot sun, the heartbreaking losses, and the list goes on.
But every once in a while something happens.
A bright spot.
And I am not talking about wins or successes (although clearly, those are good, too).
No, this is an event infinitely more powerful.
When least expected, I get to see my husband do something like this:
And suddenly, in that moment, I know it is all worth it.
Do you have kids in sports. Do you know parents who have kids in sports? Do you plan to someday have kids in sports? Or, do you just like to laugh at parents who have kids in sports?
Well then, you should read my latest article on ParentSociety.com, called “6 Kinds of Sports Parents. Which are you?”
and take my Sports Parent Quiz.
Now, some of you may be familiar with the post I wrote at the start of my kids’ baseball season “Bulldogs Don’t Wear Lipstick” where I vowed to be a
good better Sport Mom. But recently, I have had the desire to really examine the sports parent phenomenon – what makes a good sports parent, and what makes a nightmare one.
The article starts with the study that initially intrigued me:
I read a study recently where hundreds of college athletes, over 30 years time, were polled with the question: “What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?”
The overwhelming answer was: “The ride home from the games with my parents.”
Those same college athletes were also asked what gave them joy and made them feel good during or after a game. The most common answer was their parents saying…
Ha – cliffhanger! You will have to go HERE to find out the answer and hopefully, take my quiz.
Are you scared? Don’t worry. It will be fun. I have always found it is good to laugh at yourself…this way, the people laughing at you have company.
Oh, and be sure to come back here and tell me how you scored! Pretty please with sugar, chocolate and peanut butter on top?