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I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say that parenting is about as close to an Olympic sport as us non-professional athletes get. Think about it…. Parenting takes unwavering commitment, months of preparation, years of practice, lots of sweat and tears and involves a reward that may or may not come immediately.

You don’t have to explain these Olympic events to a seasoned parent.

Sprinting: What we do every morning to get everyone ready to leave the house and be at school and work on time.

Gymnastics: Trying to cook dinner, keep a fussy baby happy, get the two year old out of the locked bathroom and be in something other than your pajamas when your husband comes through the door asking, “How was your day?”

Synchronized Swimming: The delicate dance of getting ready for church on Sunday so that all of us arrive dressed, fed, using our inside voice, before the offering is taken.

Balance Beam: Figuring out just how important soccer teams, dance routines, riding lessons, Boy Scouts, and Taekwondo are to the big picture of life.

Hurdles: Those inevitable obstacles in life that keep us from eating lunch, getting to bed, paying our bills, reading our devotions and having a home cooked meal on the table.

Freestyle: What our teenager wants to do to drive us crazy.

Tug of War: What happens when tempers get short, kids get hungry and Moms are out of patience.

Marathon: Every day of a parent’s life as we hit the walls of discouragement, fatigue, dirty diapers, sticky floors and endless laundry.

But despite all of these herculean efforts, few of us would want to quit the team. Most days we love it, and for the days that aren’t so great, well…, we know that’s just part of the game and get through it..

However, unlike an Olympian, us parents have an even greater prize waiting for us because God has called us to a holy race with eternal beings at stake. And when we pour our lives into these precious souls, God invites us up to the platform and, as He places the medal around our necks, He whispers in our ears, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Hang in there Moms and Dads. You’re all champions.

Here’s to long days, short nights and gold medal love,


Darcy Kimmel

Darcy Kimmel has a heart for encouraging and equipping parents and grandparents to maximize their unique callings in life with the Grace Based Parenting model for relationships. Her greatest joy comes from her own family and relationships. Darcy speaks at marriage and parenting events with her husband Tim. As a writer, Darcy is co-author of several books on parenting, grandparenting and family relationships.

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  1. Great post Darcy! The more and more I interact w/ Team Kimmel…you are for sure a gold medal mom. Thanks for all you do to change families.

  2. Riley Ussery says:

    Wonderful Darcy!! I look forward to all of your posts.

  3. Steph says:

    I needed this smile/chuckle today! Thanks Darcy!

  4. Karina says:

    This is great Darcy! We need to cheer one another on to that finish line way in the distance. Thanks for doing that!

  5. Janet says:

    Loved your post and you get a GOLD for making me giggle. I can’t get over how quickly they grow up!

  6. Darcy says:

    Chris, Karina and Steph, (Three of our incredible guest bloggers)
    Your comments mean so much to me because you too are in the same race. Keep keeping on.

  7. Darcy says:

    Thanks Riley. Your are a great encouragment to us here at Family Matters.

  8. Darcy says:

    I’m going to show your comment to Tim and tell him that someone thinks I’m funny! You are so right, they are gone before you know it.

  9. Stacy says:

    Forwarded this to a friend and we both got a good laugh out of it. We’re going for the gold!

  10. Janet says:

    See, I’m not the only one who thinks you are funny! :-)

  11. Brad says:

    Definitely a gold medal worthy post, Darcy! It helped satisfy the remnant of my Olympics cravings while providing some laughter and welcome encouragement on the parenting front!

  12. Paul Duenas says:

    Truely an encouragement to me. I always go straight to your posts Darcy- they seem to be suscinct and hit the nail on the head. Having a ADHD kid and getting him through High School was an olympic event. To see him get a cash award yesterday at his new job for being focussed on customer attention and details was the Gold Medal. My kid is and has always been a medalist in my mind, and I never forget to remind of that! Stay at it coaches, the rewards are Magnificent.

  13. Darcy says:

    What a validation this is to parents who are on the front end of their parenting marathon. I am so proud of you and your son!