photo taken 2011


Naomi is playing netball this term – she loves it.  This year she is one of the team captains.  She asked me, “What does a captain do?”  My answers (off the top of my head)

  • Be an encourager
  • Pull the team together, build team identity
  • Set the example of good sportsmanship
  • Help the Coach

I was thinking this morning that they are the things that I need to be doing as a mother too:

  • Encourage my children, help them ‘play the game’, praise when they’ve done well, and encourage them to try again when they’ve not done so well.
  • Our Family is a team:  Team Letchford – one of my roles is to help pull the family pull together – to make us a team.  To share the vision for our family, to help build the skills to carry out that vision.
  • I need to set the example for living a life  committed to Christ – to loving God, and loving other people, to growing more and more like Christ in my daily life
  • I need to help God – not be God – in my children’s life.  Ultimately God is the one that gives the directions – my job is to help those instructions become reality.

Most analogies break down somewhere along the way  – so I’m not addressing the issue here of the role of the father in the home – simply seeing that there are things that I can learn from or be challenged by as my daughter learns about being  a netball team captain.

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