We are a baseball family. As the mother of two teenage boys who live, eat and breathe baseball I spend a large portion of my time at a baseball field somewhere. I’m asked quite frequently why I spend so much time at baseball when I could stay home during practice or skip a game because my boys are old enough to not need me there. My reply is they might not need me there but they know I’m there and that makes all the difference in the world. They know I care about what they are passionate about. When they want to talk to me about the great double play they made or how they’re working on something with their swing I want to be able to have a conversation about it. I want them to be able to feel they can talk to me about anything going on in their lives and what matters to them, matters to me. We are complimented frequently about our relationship with our kids and how well they communicate with us. I spend a lot of time around teenagers and see that good communication these days is tough (be around a teen with a cell phone for 5 minutes and the only communication being done is with their thumbs!). Enjoy your kids and learn to enjoy, or at least pretend to enjoy, the things they do. Spend time with them and talk to them. Time flies and before you know it they’ll be out of the house and there won’t be any games or practices to miss.
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