Like a Lioness Preparing her cubs

I hear the echo of my older sisters voice in my head….older children…bigger problems!

Of course this comment didn’t really resonate with me until my children got to be bigger. And as much as I love little kids and babies, I thought as they got bigger, they’d be not so dependent on their parents and perhaps I could reclaim some of that “me time” sanity that I feel I’d lost.

Don’t get me wrong, my children are the best thing that ever happened to me and I love them to the moon and back, but my life will never ever be the same.

They will always take priority no matter what ever life throws at me. The parental role will always be there, it’s just moved from more of a physical need to an emotional and psychological need.

I have tried to instill values and life skills that help them grow to the next phase. Like the lioness preparing her cubs for the dangerous jungle. They move from dependent to independent and then hopefully achieve the interdependent progression that Stephen Covey talks about.

A key question affecting me at the moment is “How do I help my teenagers with their sport from a parent perspective as opposed to the coaches?” My response has been simple…just enjoy it!

  • Focus when you need to
  • Listen to the coach (be coachable)
  • Believe in yourself
  • Lose with grace
  • Win with humbleness
  • Ultimately HAVE FUN!

I suppose that goes for parents too. Sport parents spend a lot of their weekends and weekdays training and ferrying kids to their sport destinations. Take time to enjoy the process. There are a group of cricket mum’s I know who bring champagne and nibbles to most games. They love catching up with each other and not having to rush anywhere. Me on the other hand, I have trouble sitting down for 5 minutes without feeling the need I should be doing something.

Hopefully you will get some recognition for the commitment you make to your offspring during some stage in their future lives. Tell me I am not the only mum that thought “I hope my son takes me to things like that” when James Tedesco took his mum to the Dally M awards?

I love this clip from Suncorp Teamgirls where Morgan Mitchell acknowledges her mum’s role in her journey to becoming an elite athlete as well as identifying what she’s learned from different sports. Mitchell telling it like it is….” a happy athlete is a good athlete”.

Yvette Audet

Yvette Audet

Sport has been an integral part of my life, both work and personal. I grew up with sport, met my husband through sport and now as a mother, am involved more than ever in sport!

As a trainer and consultant in the industry I work with sporting groups and councils to create community facilities and partnerships aimed to increase sport participation.

I have created a range of articles from the perspective of a SPORTING MUM. The articles relate life skills and messages that we can get from being involved in sport. It’s uncanny how Sport can mirror life.


Involved in gymnastics, netball and athletics from an early age, Yvette experienced being part of a team as well as the unrelentless discipline in individual sport – in particular her Heptathlon days.

First became a mum in 2005 and remembers having the inner debate of how long should I play netball while pregnant? Doing quick breastfeeds in between netball games and hoping her uterus wouldn’t feel like falling out when she jumped for the ball.

Funny anecdotes aside, she has worked in the sport and recreation industry for almost 30 years and holds several certificates and degrees around the management and training of sport, community recreation, aquatics and fitness.

Through her various roles in profit and non-profit sectors, she has helped plan for programs, events and facilities to help get communities active through sport and recreation.