5 quotes by Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon that also apply to parenting

5 quotes by Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon that also apply to parenting

The Chicago Cubs just won the NLDS and are looking to make good on the Back to the Future prediction that the Cubs win the 2015 World Series. The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, so you can imagine how excited the Windy City is at the prospect of ending the drought.

Many attribute the Cubs’ success to the leadership of Manager Joe Maddon. He’s had some memorable quotes that apply not just to be professional baseball players.

These quotes by Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon apply not just to baseball, and could also be helpful to tween, teens, and parents.

For Maddon quotes from the 2016 season, click here.

1. “Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.” – Joe Maddon in his introductory Cubs press conference in November 2014.

Parenting can be stressful, and as our kids get older, it feels like the stakes get higher, but this reminds me of another quote, this one from Glennon Melton: “Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.” Parenting isn’t easy, but it doesn’t always suck, either, and I bet your kids bring you a decent amount of joy – most days.

2. “I just think it’s very important to celebrate.” – Joe Maddon on April 29, 2105 upon news that he had a disco ball and lights installed in the clubhouse.

Find something positive your kid did and cheer about it. Let your kids hear you brag about them to someone else. Celebrate a family accomplishment. It feels like praise has gotten a bum rap and while it definitely can be overdone, it can also be valuable. Celebrating the small wins as a family can be a good way to make sure the pressure does not exceed the pleasure.

3. “[I]t’s not going to be an oil painting every night. You cannot be perfect.” – Joe Maddon in press conference on Oct. 12, 2015

Neither parents nor kids get everything right all the time. Cut yourself some slack, and show your kids some grace when their imperfections are front and center.

4. “I’ve never been a bulletin-board guy to create my motivation. Your motivation has to come from within . . . “ – Joe Maddon on Cubs reliever Pedro Strop at a press conference on Aug. 15, 2015

I’ve struggled with this and so have many parents I know. What motivates a tween, or teen, or baseball player can be a mystery. There’s not doubt, though, that internal motivation produces huge results, especially when compared to other motivations. Wanting it has to come from within, and it seems like Joe Maddon has done a great job of helping his players find that motivation.

5. “It was actually ‘Breakfast at Wrigley.’ It was outstanding. Our guys killed it.” – Joe Maddon on the catered brunch he held at Wrigley instead of a workout before Game 3 in the NLDS to keep the players loose.

I can get behind anyone who holds brunch in high esteem, and anyone who appreciates a good omelet and caterer. Family dinners at night can be tricky with busy schedules, and weekend brunch can be a more feasible option. It could be a good time to celebrate both family accomplishments and the Cubs.

Go, Cubs, Go!

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