Who is the The Basketball Dad? I am a married, full-time working father of three kids, who’s always in pursuit of finding ways to keep my kids motivated and inspired, in the hopes that my efforts will bring out the best in all that they do.
I can tell you that this is no easy task to accomplish! In fact it’s nearly impossible sometimes. But as the old saying goes, ‘It’s not the destination; it’s the journey that matters most!’ I have to remind myself of this often.
The focus of this monthly blog will be to share my experiences as a parent of young athletes, and discuss my successes and failures in maintaining the balance between family, school, athletics, and some sort of social life for my kids that does not include Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
In addition to sharing my personal experiences I plan on sharing articles, web links, and book recommendations that I find helpful to me in this endeavor, and I hope that you may find them valuable to you as well.
I do not profess to be an expert by any means, and my goal is not to offer advice through this blog. Lord knows that I sometimes struggle to maintain the “Life Balance” described above.
But what I’ve come to realize is that many of us Basketball Dad’s and Mom’s alike, share the same goals, dreams, and anxieties when it comes to athletics for our kids, but we don’t often discuss them because perhaps we assume that it's ‘JUST US’ going through these things. For example, we may be asking ourselves;
Am I pushing too hard?
Should my kid be training as much as some of the other kids?
How do other parents and coaches inspire young athletes?
What should I say, or not say, on the car ride home after games!
Some other concerns parents may have…
“I just want her to have fun.”
“He never wants to work at it.”
“She’s great in practice, but she can’t seem to do it in the games.”
“She has no confidence.”
“How do we find the right team/coach/trainer to play for?”
My hope is that this blog will give us all something to consider when it comes to questions like these for our young athletes.
Truth is we’re all after the same thing, which is finding ways to instill confidence, build skills and inspire our young athletes in the sport they love, while keeping ourselves and our kids ‘balanced’ at the same time.
The Basketball Dad