Dr. Ashton Off Duty

Am I a crazy sports-mom?

May 8, 2013

Full disclosure: I love sports and the only thing I love more than sports, is watching my teenage kids play sports. Sometimes, I admit it, I get a little out of control. I have been known to mutter athletic tips from the sidelines of a lacrosse field or ice hockey rink (mind you I never played ice hockey myself, but I DID play lacrosse when I was younger). I sometimes think I should coach (LOL) and never hesitate to tell my kids what I thought of their games. I confess that I do play my kids' favorite psych-up playlist very loudly in the car on the way to their games and give them a little pep talk before they get out of the car. Do you think Eli Manning's mom did this kind of stuff?? More to the point, do you think Dara Torres does this stuff to her daughter? ( I must remember to ask her!)

I try to always be positive and encouraging but at the same time, when I think they can do better, I tell them. They are both incredibly understanding of this pathological need of mine, and basically just yes me to death until I change the subject. Think Sandra Bullock in The Blindside! No matter how busy my schedule is, if it is at all possible for me to make it to one of their games, I am there. My parents always came to my games when I was in high school and I loved it. That having been said, I do think there is a fine line between being involved...and being TOO involved. Where do YOU draw the line? Face paint? Home Chalk talks? Go TEAM!

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Jennifer Ashton MD