After The Whistle: Child’s Happiness Is Ultimate Goal

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No matter what hand your dealt as a parent, the goal is the same – helping your child be happy.

Bob Neus is a man I respect.

He wasn’t my football coach. He wasn’t my basketball coach. He never actually coached me in anything.

Bob did however raise three daughters. That’s an accomplishment of note in itself.


Bob Neus is a man I respect.

He wasn’t my football coach.

He wasn’t my basketball coach.

He never actually coached me in anything.

Bob did however raise three daughters. That’s an accomplishment of note in itself.

Bob never had a boy – and up until last week, I wasn’t sure I was going too either.

Now I’m batting .333.

When it comes to producing future football players, my buddies and I are the Miami Dolphins. We’re downright awful.

Of the 16 kids among the people I consider closest to me, 14 are girls. At a get together recently with my family and three others Team Estrogen won 10-0 in the kiddie competition. No-hitter. Complete game shutout.

This rout does funny things to your conscious though. It makes you see things from a different perspective. And one that likes pink.

In college I used to make fun of women’s basketball on TV. Now I’ll watch it.
Same with soccer – men’s and women’s – and pretty much anything else my daughters might become interested in.

And that includes activities outside of sports.

I always envisioned my kids excelling in athletics, but the older I’ve gotten I’ve leaned away from that. I make a living thanks to sports and personally I can’t imagine what I would be had I not participated in athletics or continued to be involved in them in some capacity.

That being said, if my daughters would rather play music than soccer so be it. If they would rather be on stage than shoot baskets go for it.

When you have kids you want them to be happy – no matter what it is they enjoy.

Back to Bob.

Bellbrook was a small community in the early 1990s and that’s when I graduated high school with Bob’s youngest daughter Ty.

Bob did more than alright with his girls.

The oldest, Holly, could have been a model and starred as a lifeguard at the local swim club during the summers. I remember. Trust me.

Bob’s other two daughters – Lori and Ty – excelled in all sports. Lori became the BHS all-time leading scorer in basketball and both daughters were featured on ESPN after Lori single-handily outscored the opponent all by herself during the varsity game and Ty did the same the same night in the JV game. Lori owns 12 school records, including the single game scoring mark with 53 points (set in 1992). Ty ranks fourth in career steals and assists.

Lori and Ty also excelled in soccer, which is the sport my oldest daughter Ashley claims she’s going to play. Sign-ups are soon.

I’ve also provided Ashley with a basketball hoop, softball bat and golf club. Jordan, my youngest daughter, can play with them once she can walk.

As for my son…

Admittedly, I’ve already pictured “my” perfect scenario and it always ends with him playing football at Ohio State.

Crazy thing is I’ll still love him if he plays soccer and goes to Michigan.

Just might not catch as many of his games.

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