School’s in and sports start. It’s time to look at what we can and can’t do for our kids.
First, remember schoolwork is the important thing. While sports might get the major focus because of intense practices and game days, you have to be the guiding force.
Student athletes must keep up, or you will all regret it. I’ve been there and done that. Don’t let your students fall behind — and don’t do the work for them. Teach organization skills and get a tutor early — don’t wait until it’s too late. Plenty of kids are available as tutors and will work around your athlete’s schedule.
Encourage, but don’t let your kid belittle other kids’ abilities. I reminded mine that everyone improves over the summer. Kids who work hard will excel.
Don’t let sports consume your lives or your conversation with your kids. Stay grounded. Be a volunteer, and help out your team. But don’t let that become a contest for you, your kid or other parents. I’ve seen parents argue over who raised more money in 50-50s right in the middle of a crowded football game.
If you are divorced or separated, vow to remember school and school sports are not a battleground. Be a parent — it’s all about making sure your kids are successful in school. Here’s an article on how to set aside disagreements and focus on making your kids’ school year the best it can be.
Enjoy the season. It will fly by, and you’ll be chatting up memories like me!
Pam Parker is the mother of three and stepmother of three — all involved in football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, track and field, volleyball and more. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.