Fall is just around the corner and brings two wonderful gifts with it: a new school year and the return of NFL football. Oh yes, the excitement of team sports is in the air. I know what you’re thinking. You are wondering what a new school year has to do with team sports. There are many similarities. Just like team owners need a well organized team to win each week on the football field, students need a well organized team to win each week in the classroom. You need a team of experts to help you cultivate the best in your child. You, as the parent, are the General Manager of your child’s Expert Development Team. Now is the time to develop your playbook.

Although you love your child you don’t have the capacity to provide it all. Let’s be honest, it’s difficult to play the roles of parent, friend, sports coach, specialty club leader, and guidance counselor for your child, and many moms are burnt out trying to do it all. A more efficient approach is to establish yourself as a team leader and build a team of experts to help you.

Here are a few team building tips:

1. Recruit team members. You want the very best for your child and your team must reflect that. Build your team with the best professionals available to you. Invite them to be a part of your team and explain your team philosophy. You’ll find that most of your team members will welcome your invitation and will mirror your level of excitement. Your team should include: your child’s teachers, sports coaches, special interest club leaders (such a robotics, cooking or student counsel), ministry leaders, and family members.

2. Be a part of the team. You are the general manager of the team. Your role is to approve goals, set the tone and morale for the team, encourage the team members, and to make needed adjustments. Your leadership guides the team from start to finish.

3. Initiate regular team communication. A healthy professional relationship fosters a great team dynamic. From the very beginning, establish a schedule of systematic communicate with the members of your team. Be proactive and be consistent. Communications should include: updates, questions, request for clarifications and most importantly compliments. Always reinforce your team philosophy. You are a team of experts working together to develop the best in your child.

Developing an expert team to work with your child is a great approach to a winning school year. Your child is the star player and you are the general manager who oversees all the plays. Every member of the team is important and together you can help your child secure a winning record every week of the school year. Moms (and dads) can’t do it all alone; therefore using the team strategy will be a blessing to your entire family.