Why It’s Never Too Late for Daddy Stories

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photo credit: Han Shot First via photopin cc

It’s a stall tactic, I know.

“Tell me a story, daddy.” Five words. Sometimes worth 45 minutes. It pushes back bedtime, yes, but it’s also engagement with my face, not a screen. Their pop, not an app.

I know this. We don’t always appreciate our dads’ stories, sacred, profane and otherwise. Until that day we can’t hear them anymore.

What we learn from dad stories is profound.

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Guest Post: Michelle of a Dish of Daily Life Reminds Us, It’s Only a Game

 

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photo credit: DIRTYSKYWALKER via photopin cc

If I ever write a book about coaching, I’d like for one of my favorite bloggers ever, Michelle Nahom, to write a chapter. Or at least the forward.

Michelle, who writes the stellar blog A Dish of Daily Life, is a sports mom who gets it.

Whether it’s a discussion of safety on roads, a politically incorrect view on participatory trophies, or good sportsmanship, Michelle knows her way around the other sideline. I wish all my soccer parents could take a class from Michelle.

Today, she’s here with a simple theme – it’s only a game. Look, I want to win every match we play in. I have designs on Marie’s team winning a championship next Monday – on my birthday. We coach to win.

But we also have to acknowledge that winning isn’t only what’s done on Saturday mornings: It’s how we prepare our kids for life, by checking our tempers and keeping the game in perspective.

 

Please welcome Michelle, a consummate team player and remarkable writer. Continue reading “Guest Post: Michelle of a Dish of Daily Life Reminds Us, It’s Only a Game”