Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2019

Parents Are We Helping Too Much!

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I can still hear everyone yelling at the top of their lungs, with fire in their voices for their 8th-grade sons to dig in and get tough. They were screaming like it was a life or death situation for their little football playing sons. I can hear it like it was yesterday and not the thirty plus years ago that it really was. Parents demanded a lot back then. And they got a lot out of us back then, too. We fiercely dug in. And we did get tough when our backs were against the wall as we were backed up against our goal line.

I am so proud to have been part of that group of former 8th-grade boys who called themselves “Mustangs” so many years ago. That group of boys, whose parents and coaches were so demanding of them, went undefeated that season, and unscored upon that year. I guess there is something to be said about demanding parents and demanding coaches, huh? Oh, yeah… And by the way, during those years of our youth, many of us did newspaper routes before school and held down jobs after school around sports and chores. Furthermore, we never missed a practice, and kept up our grades, too.

The world has changed though. This generation hasn’t asked a lot of their kids. So, it’s our job to teach the kids of today to use the opportunities that they do have, like the playing field and the classroom as their practice grounds to digging in and giving their all. Someday, they will have a family counting on them, and they are going to need to know how to dig in.

Now as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” Parents, let’s not be too worried about asking for a little more from our kids. In the long run, it will be good for them to run all out like a wild mustang. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

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