Why you don't have to be super mom or dad

Posted 5/31/2017 By Janis Meredith

Everywhere you look, there are blogs, books, seminars, magazines, and TV shows that address parenting issues. They tell you how to make your kids obedient in six easy steps, how to feed your kid healthy meals with these 10 suggestions, or four ways to teach your child to get the starting spot he wants on the football team. 

With so many voices telling you how to raise your kids and how to help them be successful in their sport, it can be rather overwhelming. It seems everyone has the formula for being a super parent.  

For a few minutes, I’d like to clear away the sports parenting guru noise and say one thing to you: 

You don’t have to be super mom or dad for your kids to turn out all right. You just have to love them and be there to guide them. If that is the overwhelming force in their lives, they will be okay. 

Quit trying to be super sports mom or dad. Quit trying to be the parent who gives the best birthday parties or volunteers at every snack bar or sends their kid to all the fantastic sports camps. You don’t have to be super mom or dad to be awesome to your kids.  

If you are feeling overwhelmed, or like you just can’t measure up as a parent, then it’s time to cut out some of the parenting expert noise that you’re allowing into your life. Do your homework, then choose 1-3 blogs, TV shows, podcasts, or experts in any other form and focus on what they say.  

You don’t have to read everyone’s advice. You don’t have to do everything right. You don’t have to be super mom or dad.  

If your love and guidance are the overwhelming forces in your child’s life, you may not be super mom or dad, but you will raise super kids! 

SEE ALSO: USA Football's Youth Football Parents 101 course, with Christine and Mike Golic

Janis B. Meredith is a sportsparenting blogger, podcaster, and life coach. She provides resources to help parents give their children a positive and growing youth sports experience. Her book 11 Habits for Happy & Positive Sports Parents is available on Amazon.

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