(With Women’s Sports Foundation CEO Deborah Slaner Larkin in New York City, October 2015)
I recently attended the M2Moms Conference in New York alongside the Women’s Sports Foundation. As a mother to two young boys who are very active in sports, and as a former athlete, I know firsthand that mothers are, indeed, the driving force when it comes to youth participation in athletics. According to research by the Women’s Sports Foundation, mothers tend to be “the most encouraging” voices among a young athlete’s supporters. When a child is actively involved in sports, it may lead to higher levels of family satisfaction. It’s a win-win for all. Moms, it may feel like your children “call the shots” when it comes to their activities, but don’t underestimate the importance of your support and encouragement.