Let's all gather round. I'm talking to you, parents of children who compete in sports.
I don't know if it's the same in your household, but my family is currently in a sweet spot known as the "off season," when the only thing on our plates is weekly practice in preparation for summer baseball. My kids are actually adhering to a real bedtime routine. My husband and I have sat across from one another at our own dining room table and had a conversation while enjoying dinner together. I've both watched my DVR'd shows and napped unapologetically. It's been surreal.
My shoulders are a little less tense. My speed is a bit slower. My breaths are much deeper.
Yet part of me misses the frenzy. The dirt and sunflower seeds are calling.
There's a reason why the beginning of every sports season is exciting. Everyone starts with a 0-0 record and a pretty good attitude.
I'm here to tell you...the joy does not have to rise or fall in direct correlation with your kid's success or lack there of. You can control your outlook in spite of external influences.