Competitive sports are filled with lessons about motivation, perseverance, hard work, and collaboration—all valuable for everyday life.  But many men who have played sports never apply these lessons in the home.

On this latest edition of Connecting Faith, veteran sports agent Drew Pittman shares strategies that can change the game plan in your family.  It’s a discussion on  . Here are some of the points made during our interview:

It’s time for us to learn the art of motivation! So how can we motivate our kids? A key piece of advice from Drew is spending an entire week affirming our children. When all someone hears is criticism they start tuning you out. Work on being intentional in your words of encouragement.

We need to create a culture of what our family is about because, when we do, that culture is going to get passed on. Referencing the recent news about NFL star Adrian Peterson, Drew notes that most men parent in the same ways they were parented. So the legacy we’re leaving in that respect is key.

It’s important to parent with the tool kit that we have, and then to go and learn the things we don’t know. No one knows everything!

What impact has his book had upon women?

We focus on the importance of accountability and owning our mistakes. Though it is often easier to blame others, we can’t address and fix problems unless we admit what they are. At the end of the day, we are responsible for our own behavior.

How has “helicopter parenting” changed the equation of raising today’s kids, and what is our proper place on the spectrum of letting our kids make their own mistakes and closely helping them on the path of life?

Highlight: Mistakes

The family huddle