Recently I was able to attend the Mom Football Safety Clinic thanks to the NFL, USA Football and the Chicago Bears. After attending the clinic at Northwestern a couple months ago with USA Football, I wasn’t sure if there was much I’d learn at the event but I’d never pass up a chance to get back to Halas Hall and the Walter Payton Training Center.
The Bears spoiled us moms with great content, some fabulous goodies to take home and fun photo opps with current and former players.
I have always taken hydration pretty seriously but after learning more about proper diet and hydration from the experts I will be even more diligent about making sure my kids (and any others I can influence) are properly hydrating, before, during and after sports.
I also got a few minutes to speak one on one with Chris Golic (wife of former NFL player and current ESPN radio show host, and mother of three college athletes) about being a football mom. I asked her about how she encouraged her kids when they struggled and how she dealt with sideline drama and how she managed to keep all those active kids fed. It all boiled down to two things:
1. Enjoy it. This passes quickly and is supposed to be FUN! If that means you have to step away from the pack, shut out the negativity or whatever just let it be fun!
2. Support your kids 100%. There is enough critique and criticism coming at them as an athlete so just be the one to tell them you love them and support that no matter what.
Another great remind came with this slide of reasons most moms will site as reasons for signing their kids up for sports. It’s important to note that 8 & 9 are VERY statistically unlikely so if that’s your reason you may be unhappy eventually. But there ARE still plenty of great reasons to let you kids play sports.
If it’s all about the fun (while of course keeping safety in mind) I definitely was on the right path that night because it was a ton of fun!