Empathy Plus Belief

By Samantha Parrish-


I was reading an article this week that was sent out by my children’s school.  It was titled, “Building Resilient Students”.  There was a lot of good information in the article- if you are interested in reading it you can find it here:




I thought it was especially pertinent as we gear up for team tryouts and roster positions in the new year, not just for parents but players as well.  My thought for the week- Are we embracing the challenges that are helping us grow?  It feels good to succeed, it feels good to do well, but we don’t get there by being comfortable. We see it all the time at The Ranch.  For example, player X has excellent command but is hesitant to attempt to throw harder.  I get it, he’s successful with what he’s doing, but we can’t get to the next level by sitting back in our comfort zone. Pushing forward is where the glory is!  Coach Wolforth says, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable”.


As a parent, sometimes the best thing we can do for our child is to let them fail. Actually, that is a natural part of parenting kids when they are younger.  When they are learning to walk, they fall down, and we let them.  We know that in order to learn balance you have to fall occasionally.  As they get older, it gets harder.   We don’t know the path and we don’t want them to feel the pain of failure.


In the article I referenced above, it says that what our children need from us is “empathy plus belief.” That really struck a chord with me- our kids need us to understand their disappointment but also believe that they can get up and make progress!  As a mother, I know our kids need to see this at home since we can’t guarantee they will get it from anywhere else.


Whatever this upcoming season brings remember: “Failure is the chance to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  When we can assess our failures and try again, that’s where success is. 2 Corinthians 12:20 says “For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings and all kinds of troubles for Christ.  Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.” 


Being happy about failure might be a stretch, but let’s not shy away from it or try to protect our kids from all of it.


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ATTENTION College Pitchers – We are once again offering a 1-week training session just before Christmas (Dec. 17-21) to give you a push and polish prior to the 2019 Spring Season.  For more information or to register, call The Ranch office at (936) 588-6762 or email info@TexasBaseballRanch.com.


ATTENTION Ranch Alumni – Our Alumni camp date has been set for January 12th & 13th. This is the perfect pre-season event to sharpen your skills.  At this 2-day event you will taking part our advanced level of training and work with our Power Core 360 bands, the V-Flex command training and our brand new FlightScope.  You can register at http://www.texasbaseballranch.com/events/alumni-pitchers-bootcamp/



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