Today’s guest post is by a sports parent named Chris Spradlin, who writes a really cool parenting blog called epicparent.tv.
I have a confession to make…
I am one of those over involved, needs to get a life, passionate, yell at the referee parents. That’s right!! I have said it, owned it, and now I am responsible for fixing it!
My oldest son’s name is Cole, we call him Coletrain, and he has been involved in sports since he was two years old. At the ripe old age of 2, Cole started shooting hoops in our basement on his Little TikesBasketball goal. His first word was ball and a friend gave him his very first bat and ball at the age of 3.
The reality is that Cole loves sports! He loves to play basketball, baseball, football, racquetball, and any new sport he can invent that requires a ball. Cole is also very competitive. He loves to win, push himself, and become the best athlete that he can be.
Since Cole was very young I have always coached his teams. I am not that great of a coach, but I just love being around my son and helping him become a better athlete and person.
This year my son turned 13 and I made one of the toughest decisions ever regarding his sports career. I made a decision to get a life. Yep! One morning I woke up and realized that I had a life beyond my son’s athletics. So I made a decision to get a life and let Cole live his. I decided that I will no longer coach his teams, be at every practice and make a fool of myself on the sidelines. I have made a decision to be more involved in my other kiddo’s world of Lego’s, computers, dance, cheer, art, writing, and rock climbing. I believe that all parents should be heavily involved in their kiddos lives’ but a time comes when they must get their own lives’, unleash the reigns, and let their kids be who God made them to be.
I will still be present and there to encourage, love, train, appropriately push and give constructive feedback. However, from this point on I will be a loving, supportive, involved, and there when you need me parent. I will leave the coaching, critiquing, yelling, and pushing to the real coaches.
Are you a parent that needs to get a life?
Chris Spradlin lives in the beautiful mountains of Steamboat Springs, CO. He is married to Jodie, (an amputee, by the way, she was hit by a drunk driver when she was 16) who has returned to school to study nursing. So Chris is learning about being Dad and Mom while Jodie is in classes. He and Jodie have three kids: Cole (ColeTrain) Kylee (Seemammers) and Tifton (JackHammer). Chris can be found at epicparent.tv where he blogs about the lessons he is learning as Mr. Mom & Dad.