The Eighth Commandment of a Christian Baseball parent is to have realistic expectations. This may indeed be the hardest one of all. It is very difficult for us as parents to be objective when it comes to our children. When we have unrealistic expectations of our baseball players we tend to put a tremendous amount of pressure on them. When they fail to reach the standards in play that we expect, it is hard to mask that disappointment to them. One of the things our children never want to do is disappoint us as parents, for when they perceive that have disappointed us to them they are a failure. The last thing any of us would ever want to do is to cause our children to feel like a failure!

Realistic expectations are hard to have in the game of baseball. We tend to think our children can do no wrong and are all All-Stars. As long as we are teaching our children that giving their best at all times at practice and during the games is most important, we will be on the road to seeing clearly the skill set or lack of skills our players.

A very few of our players will have the skills or desire to play baseball even in High School. Even less will make the jump from High School to College baseball. Very few players who get the chance to play professional baseball will make it to the Major Leagues. So when we have expectations that do not match either the skill set or desire to play at the highest levels of the game, we are creating potential problems with our player.

One of the greatest gifts and responsibilities God can give a husband and wife is to be a parent. We want our children to reach their potential in life, to succeed in everything they attempt. When we seek God, He is always there. The way to have realistic expectations is to simply ask God for help to see clearly the future or lack of a future our children have in the game! Enjoy the time you have in watching your children play the game, because for most of us that time will come to an end. No pressure from unrealistic expectations, only encouragement to enjoy playing the game for our players, will help us to create a great environment for success not only in baseball but more importantly in life! Blessings!


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