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You don’t have to “Let Them Fail”

by Stacie ~ August 22nd, 2016.
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“Let them fail. Let them figure it out.”

Why? Why would we want to do that?

I absolutely AGREE that failure is often an essential step in any journey. I AGREE that learning how to best navigate failures and mistakes is absolutely critical to success in softball and in life.

BECAUSE it’s so important, why would we just let our kids figure it out? Why would we leave it to chance and they hope and pray that they “get it” one day? Why would we NOT mentor and guide them and work with them so they best learn how to effectively do it? We didn’t let them “just figure out” how to brush their teeth, but we’re going to let them figure how to deal with failure on their own?

I have so much to say about this I created a short audio about it because it was much easier than writing it all out.
Click here or press the play button below to listen.

You may not completely agree and that’s okay. You may feel a lot of resistance to the concepts shared here. Don’t push it away just yet. Just sit with it. It’s okay if we disagree, but I hope to get you thinking and maybe expand your mind just a bit so that you can be better for your kids and those you lead.

Have a listen and leave a comment with what feelings or thoughts came up for you in the process …

you don't have to just let them fail

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What parents of high performing athletes know

by Stacie ~ August 8th, 2016.
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I can’t tell you how often I meet parents who are at a total loss when it comes to “getting” their kids to do something. It’s one of the most frequently asked questions I get as a sports mom, “How do you get your kids to … I can’t seem to get mine to …”

In just about every case, the stress of the situations can be alleviated by simply changing the way you look at things. The wonderful thing about that is, you have completely control over how you choose to think about things!

When you reach the point of frustration and being at a loss about how to get your child to change, read this.

The truth is, you can’t change your child. The GREAT news is, you don’t need to!

Here’s why …

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excerpt from Changing the Game

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Success doesn’t require sacrificing your integrity

by Stacie ~ July 25th, 2016.
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softball success tipsNot all college coaches support, or require, the “win at all costs” mentality that makes you cross lines of integrity and honor.

If you reach a point where you feel the need to sacrifice your own values and integrity for “what college coaches want,” take a step back and really think through the decision(s) you’re making.

There are OTHER ways to get to college and continue playing this game! Ways that don’t require that betraying who you are or what you believe in.

There’s nothing worth achieving that can’t be done with your integrity in tact. Could it be “easier” if you did compromise your values? Maybe.

But it all goes back to what’s most important to you. It’s said that how you do one thing is how you do everything. So if you’re willing to sacrifice what you believe for something as “insignificant” as a game, what does that mean for the rest of your life? When the stakes are higher? When your decisions affect more than the outcome of a game?

What kind of human being do you want to be? Get clear on that and BE that person now :)

You CAN be successful AND be a great person at the same time. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.

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