i spent an hour on a conference call with the people at Gatorade and stephanie hamm...mia hamm's mother.
you know mia hamm.....the olympic soccer player?
i went into the call feeling a little unqualified or out of place.
she is the mother of an olympic athlete and i am.....going to t-ball games.
but when she shared about raising her family of 6 children i knew we had something in common.....
we were both mothers who want our children to succeed in life.
Gatorade filled my brain with facts about the importance of my child being hydrated properly
before the game or workout....during.....and afterwards.
it was SO interesting.
i never understood why or how Gatorade worked.
or like i am sure many of you have also said "we never had to worry about that when i was a kid".
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well thankfully....times have changed.
we are much more informed than our parents were.
as mothers we have hundreds of resources available to us that they didn't have thanks to the internet and tv.
we have awesome products like gatorade for our kids instead of soda and kool-aid.
there is even a line of products called G Series Natural ...no artificial dyes...naturally sweetened and flavored.
the people at Gatorade have labs (the Gatorade Sports Science Institute)that study things like sweat intake and output on all types and levels of athletes to give real data on what athletes NEED to perform better and at their best in their sport.
Gatorade's nutritionist said "if you can get properly hydrated before the workout or games and keep hydrated during, chances are you will say i never knew i could feel this good while exercising."
my thought when she said that was "i have never said that....i would LOVE to be able to say that!"
and i want that for my kids.
i have a house full of athletes that will benefit from the Gatorade MOMS website.
stephanie hamm encouraged us as mothers by saying:
"when you load up the car with supplies and snacks and drinks for a day of sports...to spend the day at the soccer field or at the gym for tournaments....that is family time.
you are spending the day together as a family. your job is important"
i had a moment.
a light bulb moment!
i have always seen tournaments and long games as something that is a bit of a burden.
i was happy my kid could play but didn't want to drag everybody else along or make them be there.
but her outlook changed me.
it's family time.
we are together....it may not be at home....but we are together....supporting another one of us.
i think she changed my life.
maybe....but i was moved.
and it made me really think about my time with my kids.
what do i really want them to come away with after all their years of hard work?
the bottom line with sports and kids is teaching them LIFE SKILLS.
we aren't trying to make the next michael jordan.
if that happens....awesome.
but what i want is a well rounded kid who has skills to carry him through life's ups and downs in a mature, healthy, responsible way.
sports teaches that in many ways...especially when parents and coaches work together.
so.....i am going to take pleasure in our baseball and basketball season coming up.
packing my bag and car with a grateful heart that i get to be a part of this stage in my child's life.
i am ready to cheer them on....and keep them fueled and hydrated! ;)
Gatorade knows the importance of quality equipment for your athlete as well as keeping them hydrated.
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