I was inspired by something I saw today on ESPN’s College Game Day. It was a story about Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer… how there was a time when his family, his children let him know he was failing as their father. He was repeatedly choosing work over them. With a career as a college football coach, he was consumed by playing, by winning.
He just wasn’t there. Not for dinners, not for his daughter’s volleyball games, not for the big or small moments and not even for the sake of his own health. I won’t take you through all of the details, you can certainly read (or watch) the story… but I will tell you this: he left football for a while and in exchange for his family’s blessing when he returned to the career that was second only to oxygen for him, he had to sign a contract with his family, one that outlined the promises he would keep to his family FIRST.
My family will always come first.
I will take care of myself and maintain good health.
I will find a way to watch Nikki and Gigi (his daughters) play volleyball.
So, I started to think…. Meyer’s children are considerably older than mine. And I don’t ever want my small people to feel as though they need to come to me with a contract like this. I would prefer to put one in place on my own. There are promises I need to keep to both myself and my family.
Thoughts in the video.
What changes should you make? What kinds of promises should you be keeping to your family?
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