Olympic Moms Share Their Best Advice to Parents of Ambitious Athletes
While in Vancouver, I’ve been spending time at the P&G Family Home which is the home away from home for the families of competing U.S. athletes during these Olympic Winter Games. In addition, P&G graciously provided moms of each competing athlete with financial assistance to help cover their family’s traveling expenses to the games. In fact, P&G is calling themselves the “Proud Sponsor of Mom.”
In between competitions I’ve been able to spend time with moms as they’ve dined or just hung out watching Team USA compete on the big screens throughout the P&G Family Home. I figured that at this stage they would have some great advice to share with the parents of aspiring Olympic athletes and parents of all competitive sports kids. These Olympic moms share their best advice:
Judy Engstrom, mom to Molly of the Women’s US Hockey Team:
Help your child believe in her dreams because it is real and possible. Then, give her wings and let her go.
Dixie Baver, mom to Allison, a Team USA speed skater and bronze medalist in the 3000m relay last night:
Let your child try to go for it. Let her find her own way. She can do it.
Jody Flatt, mom to Rachael of Women’s Figure Skating:
Two words… team sports. (chuckles) Figure skating is not inexpensive and requires lots of travel. When coupled with the individualized nature of single’s figure skating, it can be hard on families of more than one child.
Sara St. Onge, mom to Ryan of Freestyle Skiier (Aerials):
Keep it fun. It needs to be something the child wants to do, not the parent.
Debra Joraanstad, mom to Nicole of Women’s Curling:
Be patient, be there to listen and make the team snacks and treats. After competitions make the team members little care packages. I recently gave each curling team member a mini tiara with the message “Way to Sparkle!” for inspiration.
Disclosure: P&G has flown me to Vancouver and is paying for my stay while here and that includes having attended the ice dancing competition. My opinions are my own and have not been paid for whatsoever.