Coach, Can You Talk to My Son?



I recently had a conversation with a SportsLeader parish coordinator who very candidly and humbly shared some difficulties she was having with one of her own sons.

The son in question was going through a spat where he had a very bad attitude and was just plain disrespectful to his mother.

Sound familiar? It does for me.

I think every single parent out there, if we're honest, we reach a point where we feel like we need someone to step in and "give a talking to" one of our children.

None of us can do it alone.


So this parent very humbly reached out to one of her son's coaches and said, "please work him over and talk with him."

The coach called her to get more specifics as to the son's behavior.

This same son was eavesdropping on the conversation and overheard the Mom sharing all this with the coach.

Upon hanging up the boy was mortified, tears, drama … He did not want his coach thinking badly of him.

Too bad.

Said son was sent to practice and worked over he was. Two different coaches took the time to talk with him, very firmly, very charitably, very clearly.


Is the son now an angel? No. But it definitely helped.

This is a perfect example of the power coaches have to mentor our young people.

Coaches can be a partner, a resource … to help us as parents form our children in virtue.

Afterward, one of the coaches told the mom, "If we had more parents like you our world would be a better place."

We need one another.

Good parents need good coaches to help them out and good coaches need good parents to assist them as well.

Let's work together to forge virtue in our young people.

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
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