Sideline Support

15 Mar

I spent this past weekend like many parents…on the sidelines of my children’s sporting events.  Luckily, Mother Nature gave us a lovely surprise and the weather was sunny with mild temperatures.  It is a sacrifice sometimes to support our children by being at all of these events, but I have to admit, being around other parents so much offers friendship and support, so it is hard to mind being out there!

Sitting on the sidelines offers the opportunity to learn more about a sport than you ever wanted to know. I never even heard of Rugby when I was a kid, but it seems to be a very popular sport these days.  It is fun to hear the other parents discuss the game.  That offers the opportunity to learn about it without hurting my pride by admitting that I do not know as much about the sport as I should.  Yes indeed…I save my pride by eavesdropping!

Sure we cheer not only our children, but all of the children on, but we also cheer each other on without really realizing it.  Parenting is a tough job, and we certainly cannot go it alone.  Bouncing things off other parents can result in getting invaluable advice, finding new resources and expanding our resources.  It offers the opportunity to hear how other parents have faced and solved some common parenting challenges.  There can be a lot of comfort in hearing how other families have dealt with family problems and successes.  It’s also a safe environment to blow off a little steam and get some sympathy when we need it.

Wellness encompasses mind, body, and spirit.  We need to keep our body healthy, our mind moving, and our spirit growing.  Support from other parents, no matter how indirect, is imperative to wellness.  It can reduce anxiety and offer comfort.  This happens in many ways, but it certainly can occur on the sidelines too!

It seems that there are no topics that are off limits when parents have a tiny bit of free time between scores, games or matches.  It’s like our own little support group, and when parents get together, we are a force to be reckoned with!  Bored with the current meal plan and need a new recipe with a kick?  Well you’ve come to the right place!  Looking for cheap gas or a good mechanic?  We are on it!  Ever heard of dysgraphia, a specific learning disability?  Not only have we heard of it, we can direct you to the physical or occupational therapist with the tools to help any child!   We are our own 12 hour girdle!  The best 18 hour bra doesn’t offer the kind of support that parents can offer each other!

The lessons learned form organized sports benefit children at all stages of life.  It enhances friendships, teaches respect for coaches and teachers, allows children to learn how to follow rules,and offers physical benefits of increased activity.  It offers the parents the same thing, but in different ways.  So don’t fret about going to the games on the weekends.  Go enjoy being a part of a positive and supportive environment!



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