05/27/2012 How Parenting Is Like Baseball (Patch)
Baseball is a little like raising children. Whereas baseball players train on hitting, running and defense, we train our children similar skills, but in a broader sense. We give them the tools they need, constantly practicing for the game of life. And when they step up to the plate facing a giant (insert any of the following: bully, peer pressure, moral decision, gift buying choice, etc.) we hope their training did them some good. We hope they make the All-Star Team. We pine for an MVP and Hall of Famer. Sure, they might start out slow, swinging and missing, but stepping up to the plate is half the battle. Learning the pitches being thrown at them is all part of the essentials: swing at the fastballs and wait out the grounders and ALWAYS jump out of the way when you see one screaming towards your head. And there's more to life, more to baseball, than just hitting a home run.
By Patch, 05/27/2012