Health & Medical Self-Improvement

Take Some Time To Share Your Knowledge

I was talking to one of my Karate school dads and he was telling me that he is spending some time coaching his 8 year old son's baseball team. I told him that I also did that when my son was that age and had lots of fun with it.

He went on to tell me a story about a mom who brought her son to baseball practice and asked if someone could show him how to play baseball. The Karate dad said he'd do what he could and also suggested that mom and dad could take the boy to a few games just so he could get into the swing of things. As the conversation with this mom went on she told the Karate dad that her husband had been a very good college baseball player. I could not believe what I was hearing from the mother. The first thought to my mind was how about you take some time to share your knowledge.

I'm sure that this is not the only young man who has an athletic father who has never spent time to show his son the finer points of a game that the dad knows all too well. Am I missing something here? I understand that you have to go to work, that you have other adult responsibilities, and that you can't always be with your children, but isn't it more important to show your son how to play baseball?

This being a father thing can sure take some time. At times it is not the easiest thing to do. It can challenge us, frustrate us, and confuse us. We certainly do not have all the answers and there is no foolproof manual that we can read. Spending time with our kids in the long run can make all the difference. It is important for them to know that we want to be there.

When we are about to take our last breath I don't believe that there is anyone who if asked would say that they wish that they would have more time to make money, do business, and spend time away from family. This being a dad and a mom only comes along once in a lifetime. I would encourage all of us to make the most of it.

Here's to hoping that we're all parents that make a difference for our children,

Fred Nicklaus

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