How has sport influenced you as a parent?
I feel so much joy watching our kids have fun, develop, and learn through sport. As a bonus, I’ve formed treasured friendships through my kids’ sports!
Raising our children has never been just about us. We’ve always relied on the community to help us raise our boys: my parents, local family, school, and sport communities. Whether the kids are enrolled in activities such as swimming, soccer, baseball, or gymnastics or we just take the time to stay active as a family (biking, skiing, tennis, etc), sports are a regular part of everyday life. And let’s be honest…. They also help us all sleep better at night!
What are your proudest moments as a parent in sport?
When our kids try their best, have fun, and build relationships with teammates.
Our eldest—who just turned ten—LOVES soccer. After his first-ever outdoor game last spring, he had a HUGE smile on his face and called goodbye to each of his teammates by name. When we got back in the vehicle, he happily sighed, “Man I love my teammates.” They didn’t even win… but he was just thrilled to play and be part of the team.
Our eight-year-old loves the trampoline, and requested individual lessons to learn how to do a backflip. One session was particularly challenging for him, but he didn’t give up and he was still so enthusiastic and positive after the lesson. His determination and grit shone through!
Apart from what sport has done for your child, what has sport brought to your life?
I value the connections I’ve made through sport (both through my kids’ sports as well as through my own athletic endeavors). Sport has also given me the opportunity to stay fit, active, and able to keep up with my kids… for the most part… so far.
If you grew up playing sports, how did that influence you as a parent in sport?
My parents exposed me to a variety of sports growing up. I credit that for my confidence to try new things now. I won’t excel at most things (or anything!), but I am comfortable to at least try. Exploring sport & activity is a way of life, and I’m thrilled to pass that along to my kids.
Any specific stories or memories you would like to share.
I’ll share one little story for each kid!
Our eldest is in a learn-to-dive class, and every single time he jumps off a diving board, a loud “WOOHOOOO!” fills the aquatic centre. He is in it for the sheer joy of it, and it is SO fun to watch.
Our youngest first skied as an 18-month old, participated in his first Strider (balance bike) race as a two-year-old, and started his first triathlon as a three-year-old. Memories of these events and how tiny and willing he was never cease to put a smile on my face!