I picked up golf as a kid when my Dad introduced the sport to me. I really enjoyed playing but my brothers did not find it all that interesting until we were adults. When we play together we share a lot of laughs. I played a lot when my children were younger and they joined me at the driving range for practice. Eventually, they started to swing the club and today when our schedules allow we play a round together.
Playing golf can really bring families together, for this reason I enjoy when I have the opportunity to become coach to parent and child. I also believe it is a great way for parents to connect with their children outside in the fresh air. When you play the course, you have time to bond without the distractions of technology; including cell phones. I recommend leaving the phone in the car, I do. Enjoy the time as a family, your time together is precious, cherish it.
Playing together also provides opportunities for learning perseverance and overcoming challenges. Golf will test you at any age. Parents can teach their children how to persevere and become their cheerleader and once in a great while the children serve in this role for their parents.
Ultimately, it is the feeling of completion that both parent and child can experience from the tee box to hole. Every hole provides an opportunity for celebration and smiles. When you miss hit the ball, laugh about it, relax and do it again. Have fun. Now more than ever, families need to have more fun.