We need to take a deep breath and remind ourselves that we’re doing our best. We might continue to be stressed about getting everything perfect, but that’s what 21st century parents do. Many parents will coach their kids to take more responsibility and the kids will continue to make mistakes despite their efforts. The best armor for parents, children and families during a weekend jam-packed with sports games is a realistic outlook. Let’s face it: parents and kids will try their best and still have mishaps. That’s OK, because sports games are just that — games, not life-or-death events. Planning for tomorrow’s fun is much more important than thinking about what went wrong today.
Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach on the North Shore. Questions can be directed to www.drkateroberts.com or www.facebook.com/Dr.KateRoberts, or follow her on Twitter @DrKateParenting. Watch for her upcoming column, on tips for managing technology over the summer.