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The Parallels of Being a Parent and Coaching College Sports

Being a parent (step-parent in my case) and coaching college athletics are enriching experiences that require patience, dedication, and hard work. Ultimately these roles focus on creating an environment that encourages learning and growth. It is important to be well-organized, handle difficult situations with grace and common sense, and stay current on the developmental needs of kids and athletes to provide them with optimal support. Communication is essential for success. By keeping expectations clear between all parties involved, everyone can work towards reaching their goals together.


Balancing this dual role can be mentally, and physically challenging. Having excellent time management skills is essential to juggle all the tasks properly. You will need to work year-round and balance your home and career duties without one taking away from the other. Successfully managing such demands requires determination, dedication, and perseverance.


As a female college coach and step-parent, Proverbs 3:5-6 speaks volumes. It encourages us to trust the Lord and seek His will for all our decisions. Balancing career aspirations and parenting can be daunting, but relying on divine guidance reassures me. I value the advice of others and approach it with an open mind, taking constructive strides toward achieving my aspirations without compromising my home life. In addition, this verse also serves as an important reminder that although women are still wildly underrepresented among NCAA coaches compared to our male counterparts, we have the power to achieve great things.


Being a parent and coaching college sports come with unique rewards. Not only do you have the opportunity to share your love of athletics with your kids, but you (and your college athletes) can also be an example of how to work hard, show dedication and strive for excellence. 1 Timothy 4:12 reminds us that instilling values such as commitment, fairness, and sportsmanship is crucial to raising children who appreciate the true essence of sports, even when nobody else is around to see it. Practicing these values through our actions, demonstrating dedication to our team, and respecting referees effectively foster this appreciation in our children.


To sum up, parenting and coaching demand wisdom, self-control, and commitment. As stated in 1 Timothy 4:12, we must lead by example and dedicate ourselves to teaching. At the same time, Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us to trust in God and rely on His guidance. Ultimately, we must balance our love for those under our charge with a firm adherence to moral values when parenting or coaching.




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