How Moms Deal with the Stress of the Big Game

How Moms Deal with the Stress of the Big Game

Competitive sports can be nerve-wracking – and not just for the kids. How do moms cope with the pressure of watching their children win or lose?


If you’ve ever stood on the sideline with your nails digging into your palms, you’ll know just how stressful being a sports mom can feel. It’s important to learn how to manage that stress; not just for your own sake but also for your child’s. Your children learn from you; they may not do as you say, but they certainly do as you do.

Looking After Yourself
A lot of moms are guilty of looking after everyone else and forgetting about themselves, but you’ll be better equipped to handle pressure – whether that’s seeing your son miss an important goal or meeting a deadline at work – if you make sure you take care of yourself properly. This means making sure you get enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated and avoiding too much caffeine and sugar – both of which can make you jittery.

Don’t forget mind as well as body. Some people find mediation helpful, but even taking just 10 minutes sitting quietly by yourself away from the hurly-burly of life will help.

Don’t Forget to Breathe
In times of stress, a lot of us don’t breathe “properly.” Try putting your hand on your belly and inhaling through your nose. Your belly should move as you breathe in. Hold the breath for a few counts, and then slowly exhale.

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Be a Good Role Model
The sign of a true champion is the ability to bounce back after a disappointing game or event and keep going when the going gets tough. You can help your child with this vital part of their athletic development by being a good role model (and not a Nightmare Sports Mom). Here’s how:

  • Cheer everybody on, not just your child.
  • Keep things in perspective.
  • Model appropriate behavior; stay calm and positive, whether they win or lose.
  • Never undermine the coach, even if you thought it was DEFINITELY a penalty!
  • Don’t live your athletic dreams through your child.
  • Make sure your child knows you love them, no matter what.

Share Your Tips with Other Moms
Have you got a budding Olympian in your family? Are you a ball of stress in the stands or do you stay cool regardless of the score line? We’d love to hear your stories and advice.

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Just be stay calm and remember it is only a game. In my experience kids get over loses easy.

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