Dear Parents of athletes,

While the thought of summer sports (basketball, soccer, baseball and track) may bring to mind a lot of stress and some lazy days, in reality your daily life may be far removed from such images. Many parents have to balance demanding working schedules, busy children, and a long list of “good weather” chores to be done around the house. With the likes of such to contend with, a season we expect to be relaxed could actually be quite stressful. However, even with a busy schedule, you can make your summertime a healthy one, and here are a number of suggestions to do just that.

Did you know that having friends can help you live longer, and even more so than your family members? So if a busy summer schedule has cut into your friend time, why not make a phone call to one or two of your close friends. Schedule some quality time, away from sports, like meeting for afternoon drink or planning to run early in the morning together to catch up and get some exercise at the same time. And get out your kids life for a moment and do you!

And speaking of exercise, finding opportunities to get outside for some exercise while enjoying nature can stimulate your metabolism, relax your mind, and soothe your spirit. Just a regular thirty minute evening stroll in the park or an early morning walk in the cool air can leave you feeling recharged and ready to face anything that comes your way. Plus, exercising every day will help you sleep better at night, especially if your one of them parents that are very involved with everything your kids are doing. A good night’s sleep can really help you keep up with a hectic schedule.

Parents, the summer is one of the best times of the year, so even if you need to make appointments with yourself to get some fun time into your schedule, be sure to do it. Toss out any guilty feelings that you might have about taking time for yourself, and make the most of each and every day this summer. I hope you’ll make that your motto! Because it has to be a time to start loving you again!


Cynthia F. Guillory