March Madness and basketball: Not so different from parenthood?There are many things that one could compare parenthood to, but in honor of March Madness, we've pulled together a list of parallels to be drawn between the worlds of parenthood and basketball. But it couldn't be just any size list, right? We're talking March Madness – The Big Dance. No, there was really only one choice to be made here, so with no further ado we give you:
(Sweet) Sixteen Ways Parenthood Compares to Basketball
- All the roles – As parents, we wear all kinds of figurative hats: we are referees, coaches, teammates, cheerleaders, trainers, maintenance, fans...
- Teamwork – It’s needed on the court, and it’s crucial to making a family work. Without teamwork, everything can't get done. Without teamwork, you just might burn out the coach/star player.
- Know your opponent – A team watching game tape has nothing on a parent’s knowledge of their offspring.
- Spectator Sport – Oh, you didn’t know parenting was a spectator sport? Sure is. Whether it’s a comment in the grocery store or on the web. Everyone’s an expert, and they’re all waiting to be called (or not) off the bench to share their opinion.
- The Cinderella Story – It seems there’s often a Cinderella story during March Madness that captivates fans, but in parenthood, you will have a Cinderella story of your own: Disney's.
- Bleacher butt – Days/evenings/weekends are spent watching other people play games.
- Defense – As a family grows the defensive strategy adjusts. Initially (and always, for us parents of onlies) it starts with the double-team, then shifts to man-to-man defense, and finally when the kids outnumber the parents, zone defense. Gotta stay on your toes in parenthood, and on the court.
- Jump Ball – Just as the referee has to jump in when two players are fighting for the ball, so does the parent have to settle the great “Mine!” debates.
- Hustle – You think ballers hustle on the court. Pssh, just watch a mama coordinating her brood’s schedule.
- Offense – Tough defense can win games, but offense often gets all the glory. A good offense in the parenthood are the glory days. The trips to the park, the pillow fights; it’s positively filling their memory banks.
- Fouls –When our patience escapes us, or we feel like we're in the midst of a #parentingfail, you could say it’s a #parentingfoul. Some days are better than others.
- Time Out – You can’t argue the benefit of a strategically used timeout; on the court or in the parenthood.
- Rebound – It’s no easy thing, coming back from those tough days in the parenting trenches, but we do; we fight it out and rebound.
- So. Many. Feelings. The glory of victory, the agony of defeat – on the court or in the parenthood, it’s all the same.
- Your go-to – The clock is ticking down, who are you going to fight to get the ball to? We are their constant, their go-to.
- Sub! Just as substitutions are necessary on the court, we’ve got to allow for substitutions in the parenthood. It’s a call to use our villages so we, too, can refuel our tanks.
Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s March 2018 issue.
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