Episode 189: Nancy Swanson



I am so excited to welcome Nancy Swanson to the show today. Nancy is a teacher at my daughter’s elementary school. I jump at any chance I have to sit across the table from someone further down the road from me. Nancy is married and her three children are all grown. The reason, I invited Nancy to the table is because she is the mother of Dansby Swanson—the shortstop for the Atlanta Braves. I can’t tell you how many people have asked me to have an episode dedicated to navigating sports with children. So, I knew Nancy would be the perfect person to share her wisdom.

We talk about what’s she’s learned from raising three athletes and seeing one of her children reach the highest level of competition. She talks about setting expectations for kids, navigating the delicate relationship with coaches, how to foster work ethic, what good sports brought to her kids and advice from one mom to another.

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Links mentioned:

Survival Kit:

  • Tennis

  • Family

  • Prayer

  • Friendships


  • Set expectations for your kids—model for them what it means to work hard.

  • Sports develop a lot of good in our kids—teamwork, work ethic, competition, how to manage their time/work

  • Best practices with navigating the relationship with coaches: trust between parent and coach; commitment, understanding that we are all human and will make mistakes

  • Teach your kids gratitude, humility and respect

  • Give your kids the opportunity to excel and move forward but also keep time for yourself

Discussion Questions:

  • Did you grow up playing sports?

  • What did sports do for you growing up?

  • What is the hardest thing about raising kids who play sports?

  • What helps you balance the pressure you feel as a mom?

  • What is one thing you can take away from this conversation?

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Connect with Nancy:  Instagram

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