After a practice or game is a great time for parents to reinforce what their student-athlete is learning through sports. What is the first question you ask your student-athlete after practice when they get into the car or walk in the door? How was practice? Do you ask questions that will get a one or two-word answers, like good, ok, not bad? Make your questions more engaging, for instance, what was the best part of practice, what was the toughest part, what are some things to work on, what are some things you are doing well? As a parent, you are there to support and help mold their experience and support the school or team. Not every practice is easy, not every practice is fun. Two-a-days in mid-summer is not a cake walk, but your positive reinforcement of the process makes it much better. Also, you are there as a parent to keep that life balance between sports, school and life. Do not let one override the other. Keep sports in perspective and help your student-athlete have a healthy life balance. Help put these “tools” in your student-athletes tool box. As they grow and develop into young adults they will appreciate the lessons learned from balancing life. At Calvary, balancing a heavy academic load, volunteering, participating in extracurricular activities and then in the end, having a social life can be difficult. As a parent, you have been there and done that. You have the ability to help guide your student athlete through those rough waters.