One of the keys to clock management in any game, is the proper use of time-outs. They can be used to stop the clock in the final seconds to set-up a winning score, or to just pause for a moment to talk to a player or team about the next play or series. Sometimes you’ll see a coach or fan go crazy because a player wastes a time-out. Time-outs are valuable, and you only get so many in the game.
I’ve learned this to be true in being a dad, and trying to “manage the clock” in the game of life with my boys. I find at times, I need to just call a time-out and spend some one-on-one time with one of my kids. I need to just stop whatever I’m doing and just listen to whatever it is they want to talk about. Now sometimes I need to call a time-out because one of them just dropped kick the other…BUT that’s a story for another time.
When it comes to managing our time, especially as parents, few things are more important than spending time with our kids. You may think you have many, many more years with them…BUT that game clock ticks fast and before you know it…the “two-minute warning” is upon you and another season passes. Currently, as a stay at home dad, I know that I have been given a great gift, more time with my kids. The tricky thing about clock management though is; that time alone is not enough. It’s what you do with that time that determines whether you can set yourself up to “score.”
This weekend, take a time-out and do something fun with your kids. Take them to a movie, color with them, play video games, read to them, listen to their stories…or maybe take your kids to a sports game. What does your kid need from you, as their coach, right now in their lives? What life lessons do you need to teach them. Use your time-out to talk to them, guide them, refocus their attention…or use it to…just use it. Either way, it could make a major difference in the game.
So what about you? What is one thing your parents took time to do with you that you loved doing?