How many children do you have? I have two boys, Gaige age 21 and Derrick age 9.
How did you come up with the idea to specialize in Sports Psychology? The need within my specialty found me, actually. During my volunteer work with teens playing sports, many kids, parents and coaches including professional athletes began to ask serious questions about improving athletic performance, maintaining a career over the long haul and managing the celebrity lifestyle. There is a lot of psychological research and science available offering solutions in these areas so I began to assist those who desired my help and my business grew quickly from there.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH…and didn’t I mention LAUGH?!! Life by its very nature is riddled with disappointments and tragedies over time and children are not immune. The only thing we can control is choosing to laugh and have fun. It is important that our children see and benefit from our warm hearts, broad smiles and abilities to overcome adversity.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? Fun activities allow for bonding with children and almost always include exercise, examples are swimming, hiking, and sports activities of all types. As for eating healthy food, two tips 1) always have something healthy, bubbling away and at the ready in a crock pot and 2) step on the gas while passing fast food joints, no matter how much the kids protest. Make sure to award humor points for creative complaining, though! When my kids line up at the crock pot in the kitchen with an empty bowl, they call out to each other “next prisoner” as they get their dinner ladled out to them. To this day, these times are still my 21-year-old’s fondest family memories of living at home.
Playing sports presents children with more than just physical advantages. Sports help kids scholastically and socially as well. Statistics confirm that kids who are involved in sports are more likely to succeed academically and graduate from high school. The advantages are similar whether or not your child does extremely well at the sport. In addition, playing sports is fun and helps to create a positive body image and improved self-esteem. Children who participate in sports are less likely to be overweight and use drugs, and the physical activity associated with playing sports helps children reduce depression and to learn how to relieve stress. Sports also helps foster teamwork and leadership skills. All of these benefits tranfer into great skills for successful adulthood.
How do you recharge your batteries? Girl time! Being a professional, parent, and spouse takes a lot out of anyone! I balance the demands with time away with my wonderful friends. It is important to create a balance by incorporating relaxation, fun and “not ” having to be in charge!