Be Better Sports Parents
Attention #SportsParents — Our children are under attack in many places. That doesn’t mean they need to walk in these streets with mortal fear, but with moral awareness. Their anchors and ports of safety should always be:
1) their faith/spiritual sanctuaries;
2) their family (by birth or circumstantial substitute-by adoption, cousins/aunties/uncles/play cousins who care for and love her/him like a parent should);
3) educational institutions that link with their present life stage and are “home” for much of their days.
These internal states of mind/being, these people and these institutions should protect and nurture, not reject and cast out their life.
And, to reach an academic milestone where that boy or girl can leverage their EDUCATIONAL assets to meet with her or his athletic assets is a wonderful thing. If that young mind is awarded ANY scholarship to further their learning — while allowing them to continue their athletic endeavors — is a BLESSING. It allows them to move forward and fulfills a financial burden you might not be able to meet on your own. THAT IS A BLESSING and only awarded to a fraction of the people who need it. Don’t miss the moment.
So parents (however you assume that role), please remember that signing days & your child’s athletic choices (if any), are NOT about you. Therefore, YOU should not be leading the story. Your support & love for that child should be the moment we appreciate. That is demonstrated by your tenacity, love & encouragement of that child. She or he has made it to the next life level — celelebrate it. That is the story to tell & share. That is important for all of us! Celebrate your kids, don’t embarrass them. Do unto children as you would have wanted your parent to do unto you — even if they failed at it all the time or some of the time.
Please don’t be the “Mom (or Dad) who walks out during son’s signing ceremony.”