Soccer Star Alex Morgan's 'Never Give Up' Attitude Is a Testament to Mom
Letting our kids fail does in fact help them succeed.
By Michele Zipp
What we really want for our kids is for them to try and try again even when success doesn't come easily. That's the story of American soccer player Alex Morgan. The Olympic gold medalist's mom shares how letting our kids fail does in fact help them succeed.
When she was 22, Alexandra "Alex" Morgan was the youngest player to play at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The following year at the London Olympics, Alex famously scored the goal to win the big game. She has joined the highly decorated soccer star Mia Hamm as the only American woman to score 20 goals in one year -- amazing! But this success didn't come simply. In this video from P&G's Raising an Olympian series, Alex's mom shares how in the early days of her soccer career, Alex was turned away from a team. But she didn't give up.
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I love Alex's mom's philosophy -- how parenting can be like "bowling with bumper pads," how we have to let our kids fail and then carry on learning, while keeping them in the "middle of the road." We don't want them to get off track, so we want to remind them of their goal. We want them to stay focused and to learn that things may not always work out as we planned right away or the first time, or even the fifth time. It's about trying, always striving to be better and to learn more.
The so-called failures Alex saw were anything but -- they propelled her to be better, to learn more, to focus more, to keep her eyes on the goal and make her dreams a reality. She did just that. It is that parenting philosophy that Alex's mom had, that helped her know that she could do it -- to keep going. It was that girl who was turned away from a team at 13 years old who went on to be the number one overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. She's now a forward for the NWSL's Orlando Pride and on the United States women's national soccer team.
Just like Alex's mom will be, we'll be rooting for Alex in Rio this year. And just like Alex's mom, we'll be making sure our own kids never give up. Alex and her mom are both inspiring women.
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