Q: What is MOMba Mentality?
A: MOMba mentality is a space for for mother's raising student athletes to gather, connect, learn, and grow in order to give their children the opportunity to become the best versions of themselves.
Q: How did you come up with this idea?
A: I was a student athlete growing up. I played basketball and ran track. There were so many questions I wish I had the answers to at a younger age. There were also questions my parents had when I was younger but the resources weren't as accessible as they are now. Also, I worked in NCAA compliance which was really beneficial when studying for my Master's degree. Now that my kids are student athletes in high school, I find myself answering questions that mothers have about athletics, high school, and preparing for college. I am more than happy to help in any capacity that I can.
Q: What advice would you give to moms that are raising athletes?
A: Create an environment that helps foster their child's loves for sports while allowing them to grow and mature on their own time. Parents sometimes want it more than the kids do and it shows in what they say, the behavior they exhibit, and the way they speak to their child. Also, know the rules of what is okay for your child to do and what isn't. If you don't know, ask. There's a saying, "Don't be quick to jump without knowing how deep the water is." Do your due diligence as their mother. They will thank you later.
Q: Any nutritional advice?
A: This is something that is more of an individualized answer depending on the athlete, but I am a big believer in smoothies. It is a quick way to get in as many fruits and vegetables as possible and the kids think of it as a treat! It's a win/win for the parent and the child.
Q: Any academic advice?
A: Yes! Work just as hard in school. It doesn't matter if you like it or not, just do the work. I have seen it time and time again working in NCAA compliance where coaches are deciding between 2 kids that have very similar talent levels and the deciding factor is their grades. Are they responsible enough to get the work done themselves? Coaches do not want to babysit their athletes. So, create great work habits. It starts now!
Q: How do you teach kids to stay disciplined?
A: Have them set goals for themselves so that they have something to work towards. These have to be their goals that they come up with on their own and are committed to. When they do slack off (which they will because we all do) remind them of the goals they have set. Stay on them MOMbas! It will pay off!
Q: What is your goal with MOMba?
A: My goal is to create conferences or speak at workshops or seminars so that mothers with athletes can connect, learn, and ask questions. I believe it is imperative to share the knowledge I have and all I have learned being a student athlete, working in NCAA compliance, and also being a mother of student-athletes as well. We are all in this together. I also believe it is important to share information with these young student athletes so that they are prepared and know what is expected in order to graduate high school and attend college on an athletic scholarship. I am available to speak at conferences, workshops, and with high school teams.