When you become a parent, no one tells you how much time and energy—and, let's be real, money—you're going to spend on your child's extracurricular activities, especially sports. Is playing a sport even worth it? As a former athlete and current proud Sports Mom, Laura says YES! This week, she's sharing why the commitment to play a sport is so worthwhile for kids. From learning how to push yourself, to being a helpful teammate and leader, to embracing progress over perfection and learning lessons from failure and trying again, playing a sport can be a practice field for the game of life. Plus, they're just plain *fun!*
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A Blessing for Your Week
As you slice the oranges and wash the uniforms,
As you shuttle your players to and fro,
And make friends with the Chick-fil-A drive-thru folks,
I hope you remember the smile on your kid’s face
when they hit a ground ball right up the middle,
Or scored the game-winning touchdown,
Or ran for their personal best,
I hope you remember all the hours they spent at the hoop, practicing shot after shot.
I hope you also remember when they missed a crucial shot—
but picked their head up anyway.
And most of all, I hope you remember when they stopped
to help someone up who had tripped beside them, and ran them to the finish line.
All of these experiences, sports mom—they build character.
And people with character walking around in the world? That’s such a beautiful thing.
Simplicity Tip of the Week
You know what? If you and your people aren’t sports people, I totally get it. So I have some advice for you for the next best thing: if you haven’t already, watch Ted Lasso. You’ll see what sports have to teach us about life, and get a lot of laughs and some good feels along the way.
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