"If I can't do it well the first time, I won't do it again." I say this at the beginning of the episode. I have never taken sports seriously. I was the one in high school who sat in the football stands cheering, while my girlfriends were on the field either being a cheerleader or a pom-pom girl.
I am somewhat uncoordinated, and so for me to go and spend four or five hours on the golf course and be frustrated because I am not good is not fun to me. I would rather go to the gym or take a walk. Sports, pfft.
I love talking with Lauri because we have children the same age. I think the biggest challenge for a parent with children Briana and Ashley's age is to find the balance between being their mother and being their friend. I think Briana and I have found that balance, and it is amazing. I would rather spend time with Briana than anyone else. We had a rough few years when she started high school, but once she knew that everything I was restricting her from doing was for her own good, things got a lot better. I think once she saw her peers who had no boundaries and the trouble they got in, she realized I wasn't her "enemy."
I take an active role in Mike and Briana's life and want us to be a close family. I will do whatever it takes for my children to be healthy, happy, a good contributor to society. One common phrase I ask of them is: "make me proud." They always seem to do that!