Raising an Olympian: What parents can learn from “The Mom’s”/ Charlie White and Meryl Davis

“There’s no way we could have achieved what we’ve achieved without “The Moms”-Meryl Davis

Plain and simple. Children need parents unconditional love and support to maximize their potential. The greatest gift parents can give their child is to create the environment for them to succeed. It’s not complicated. They need rock-solid love that’s based on who they are and not on their performance. They need to know you believe in their potential. They need you to match their investment..and taking care of the unglamorous…in preparing the best meals, doing laundry, driving the miles, providing for their training, picking them up when they fall, crying quietly when they struggle, embarrassing them by showing up consistently, and beaming happily at their successes. They need you to build their character and teach them what’s most important about life. When parents are in their corner in this way, kids are secure and assured, enabled to move forward without fear.

“It’s hard to imagine getting to this point, without our moms. Time was taken away from other things they might want to be doing, but she wanted me to be able to chase after my dreams.” – Charlie White

“The Moms Life Lessons” :

1. You share the responsibility; enjoy the successes together and make it easier when it doesn’t go so well. (This is true of any partnership or team mentality)

2. You can fall and it’s not the end of the world. It’s okay to fall.

3. It’s okay not to win. (Contol the controllable. You can only give your absolute best. You cannot control the outcome. You will win some and lose some as the saying goes…)

4. Do what you’re doing right now the best you can and enjoy it. When you do that enough, those moments turn into success.”

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