#parenting athletes is hard work. You’ve got to give yourself to the process and the demands almost as much as they do. Almost. Here’s what you can do to parent an athlete to success: refine who’s success you want: your 12-year-old son’s...or 12-year-old you. There’s a time to be a motivator. There’s a time to push them harder. There’s a time to not let them back out. But 99% of parenting #youthathletes is about ~ being present to them without making your presence known to everyone; ~ being a cheerleader, not a yeller; ~ listening, without advising; ~ asking, without criticizing.