11 July 2012

Michael Phelps's mom, Debbie Phelps: Minimalist Parent

Babble Voices: The Accidental Expert

My heart leapt with joy when I read an interview with Debbie Phelps, mother of America's Favorite Swimmer, Michael Phelps. In it, she talked about the importance of backing off as a parent, even when your kid shows Olympic talent.

“Children have to do what they enjoy,” Debbie told TODAY.com. “You have to let your kids find what’s best for them and what their own niche is.”

When the mother of a 14-Olympic-medal-winner says "don't push your kid in sports," I'm thinking that's pretty good advice.

Continue reading at The Accidental Expert.

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