I swear I’ve seen a few work out playlists posted, but I can’t find them now. If you have a great playlist for working out, please post it, or email me (megancoe[at]gmail[dot]com). I found myself working out to the Neverending Story Theme song, and while I love it; feeling like I am soaring through the air is not appropriate for the elliptical.
I have to tell you that my parents were the greatest for a variety of reasons, but one thing that really always stood out—even as an ignorant kid—was their involvement in my sports activities.
My parents were the folks that were at every game. I remember in baseball we used to play all of our games during the day. At the end of the season, they’d schedule one or two night games so parents working 9 to 5 could see their kids play. My dad’s career as a sportswriter usually meant he was at Tiger Stadium after 6pm. “Why would they schedule games at night?” my dad would ask. Haha.
You may be thinking that my dad, who loves sports and obviously made a career out of it, was the guy thinking the coach had no clue and the umpires were always wrong. That couldn’t be further from the truth. While they were at every game, their voices were never heard. Only in the car on the way home did my dad ever really offer any advice and he always preceeded that with congratulations on something I did. “You really hit the ball hard today,” he’d say. “You do need to know exactly what you’re going to do before the ball is hit though. Thinking about it as the ball is in the air is too late. You’re don’t run fast enough to act that slowly.” We’d all laugh. It was the truth.
Now my son is in sports and I know exactly why my dad had to be at every game. It is the greatest joy in the world to see Max—who started playing soccer last Fall and loves it—running down the field with a big smile on his face. I knew I couldn’t wait to see my kids play sports, but when it actually happened, it was unlike anything I ever watched. I couldn’t sit. I was constantly moving up and down the sidelines cheering him on. I guess I didn’t inherit the sit-back-and-watch approach from my dad, but there are a few other things I think about as you continue to hear horror stories about parents and their kids in sports. My cheering is always posititive, but I can get pretty excitable; so I have to remind myself that it’s just a game—Max should actually be enjoying it more than me and if he doesn’t, it’s time to do something else.
I have a couple of rules:
Let the coach coach. When I take Max to practice, he’s under the coach’s rule. I surrender everything to him for that hour. He’s the coach. (Obviously if my kid was in some sort of danger, I’d step in.)
Like with my dad, we’ll talk about things that he did well and things that didn’t go quite right in the game.
Make sure your kids really enjoy playing. If they’re sitting around picking weeds, maybe they’re bored. Don’t just focus on one sport. Variety!
Talk about the lessons in winning and losing and teamwork. Don’t treat sports as a daycare/babysitting function where you can get them out of your hair for a few hours.
Remember your kid isn’t as good at that sport as you think he/she is.
Last but not least, take pictures and video.
So as we jump into Spring I thought I’d share with you a very timely article that I just read. It’s about a kid who’s dad was obsessed about him being the perfect athlete. To an extent the father succeeded, but the flip-side was ugly. If you’re a parent with kids in sports or any other type of activity, please take the time to read this article and give yourself a reality check. You may be able to engineer the perfect athlete, but you can’t create the perfect kid.
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“They’ll Need a Crane” by They Might Be Giants from Lincoln (1988).
No, it’s not cool to say, but I cannot deny that They Might Be Giants helped get me through high school.
Did you know? (or rather Do you care?)They Might Be Giants get their name from a 1971 film of the same name, which in turn got it’s name from a Don Quixote passage about Quixote’s thoughts on windmills.
This is the first song They Might Be Giants ever played live on television. Watch it here. And please stop stuffing me in that locker.