8 months ago

What Nick Saban Taught Me About Parenting

Coaching Championship Children

Parenting is arguably the hardest job on the planet. Imagine working a job with 24-hour shifts, no days off, and after 18 years you might be eligible for partial retirement. That’s parenting. So, for those really tough days on the job, I take a few notes from Nick Saban’s playbook.

Yes, I said Nick Saban. Regardless of whether you cheer “Roll Tide,” “War Eagle,” or anything else, it’s hard to deny that the man knows what he’s doing when it comes to football. And, when you compare the two, parenting is a lot like coaching. As the coach of your children, you are responsible for teaching and training them to meet their full potential. They work and play by the rules you make.

Saban has a winning football program because he puts all of his efforts into achieving that end. That’s not to say that the talented players don’t help win those coveted championships, much like how some children are easier to raise. Still, football players and children both need a fearless leader to guide them. Some need a little more tough love than others, but they all need a role model who cares deeply about them and their future.

While Saban may be tough on his players, they respect him. It’s evident in the players’ press interviews and in their body language on the field that they respect him. At the same time, they don’t look beat down or afraid of him. This tough balance is what we should strive for in parenting our children. Too many parents try to be their son or daughter’s best friend, and others are so strict that it makes them unapproachable. We shouldn’t be their buddy or their dictator, but rather their coach.

Whenever Saban gives a press interview or talks to a sideline reporter, I like to keep count of how many times he says the word “execute.” If someone were to play a drinking game to that word, he or she would be three sheets to the wind by the third quarter. In all seriousness though, he makes a valid point in saying that the team must “execute.”

Sadly, we live in a world where not many people make good on their promises. They have great ideas, yet fail to follow through. Many parents fail to execute as well. It’s easy to say that we want to instill morals in our children and teach them manners. It’s easy to want them to learn new skills and excel in academics. None of this will happen though if we fail to execute our parenting plans.

I understand firsthand just how time-consuming it can be to train children to pick up toys or brush their teeth. It’s much easier to just do it for them, but that isn’t the right long-term solution for either of you. Just like those football players may lag and complain during a hot summer practice, children like to make excuses as well. You can give in to them so that you no longer have to hear the whining, or you can coach them along to help them succeed.

So, next time you’re knee deep in Paw Patrol paraphernalia with a crying toddler, or your teenager is complaining about curfew, channel your inner Saban. Explain to the child that hard work and sacrifice for the immediate future make for a better tomorrow. Prayer, patience, and the determination to execute your parenting plans can go a long way at molding your children into champions.


About the Author: Kaci Lane Hindman can best be described as an unconventional Southern Belle with a sarcastic sense of humor. She loves Alabama, writing, and writing about Alabama. She is married to the walking definition of a high-tech redneck, and together they have two young children.


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12 hours ago

Alabama wins private property rights case against Obama-era regulations

In a victory for private property rights this week, the federal government agreed to reconsider rules adopted during the Obama-era that unreasonably restrict the freedom of Americans to use their land.

“We are encouraged that the Trump administration has agreed to revisit these rules, which threaten property owners’ rights to use any land that the federal government could dream that an endangered species might ever inhabit,” Alabama Attorney General Marshall said in a statement.

Why this matters: Under these rules, unelected federal bureaucrats could designate a piece of private property as “critical habitat” for an endangered species even if the land doesn’t contain that particular species and, moreover, doesn’t even contain some of the features needed to support that species. Use of the land would then be severely limited. 


The details:

— The state filed a lawsuit, Alabama v. National Marine Fisheries Service, in November of 2016 challenging the rules, calling them “an unlawful federal overreach.”

— Nearly 20 other states joined the lawsuit, along with four large trade associations.

— The settlement forces federal agencies to submit revised rules for public review within 60 days and retains our freedom to file another lawsuit if their new rules are as excessive as the old ones.

@jpepperbryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of American Warfighter

13 hours ago

Jeff Sessions is right to sue California for ignoring federal immigration laws

America may be a country of immigrants, but it’s also a country of laws. No one is exempt from those laws regardless of what some local officials in sanctuary cities may think.

As you may have seen on the news recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a lawsuit against the State of California for failure to completely cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officers.  I stand with AG Sessions’ decision.

From the mayors and local politicians disregarding federal immigration law to the illegal immigrants they are prioritizing over American citizens, it’s about time we hold these lawless individuals accountable.


The “leaders” in these cities are violating their oath of office and the Constitution.  They should be immediately removed from their positions and the illegal immigrants they are protecting should be deported. Period.

I agree with President Trump that we need to strengthen our borders.  We should build the wall and we should continue to support law enforcement’s crackdown on violent foreign gangs like MS-13.

These efforts mean nothing though if illegal immigrants and criminals can continue to seek refuge in some of our country’s largest cities.

It boils down to fairness, safety and what it means to be a sovereign nation.

A country without borders is hardly a country at all. I’m fed up with seeing the tax dollars from hard-working families across East Alabama go to cities who snub their nose at the very ideals that make America great.  Congress should withhold funding from sanctuary cities that refuse to uphold federal law.

President Trump has proven his tough stance on illegal immigration is much more than just campaign rhetoric. He has already done so much to curtail our illegal immigration crisis but he can’t do it alone.

Elected officials – from the state and local level to Members of Congress – must do their part.

And if they refuse, then they aren’t fit for public service.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers is a Republican from Saks.

(Image:U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Flickr)

14 hours ago

WATCH: Cam Newton’s leadership message resonates with Boy Scouts

When Cam Newton speaks, people listen.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback had the full attention of the audience at the 11th annual American Values Luncheon.

Boy Scouts were among attendees that filled the meeting room at the North Exhibition Hall of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.


Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn joined Newton during a question and answer session. Famous for leading the Auburn Tigers to the 2010 National Championship under Malzahn’s leadership, Newton’s talk followed in the tradition of several other football greats, including Nick Saban, Shaquille O’Neal and Bo Jackson.

Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Jesse Lewis Sr. and Jimmy Rane were honored at the luncheon for their contributions to the community.

Newton shared his life experiences and lessons learned.

(Courtesy Alabama News Center)

14 hours ago

Celtic Pride! Joel Blankenship shares his Irish roots with The Ford Faction

Joel Blankenship makes his weekly return to The Ford Faction to talk the St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Birmingham and what the holiday means to him.  Joel mentions the law that can be passed to put Police K9’s in schools to help sniff out guns or drugs.  He provides feedback on what this could mean for schools and how it will benefit the need for police K9’s.

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15 hours ago

VIDEO: Alabama Rep. Roby thanks Air Force secretary for decision to bring F-35s to Montgomery

U.S. Representative Martha Roby participated in a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing this week where she expressed her appreciation to Secretary Heather Wilson for the Air Force’s decision to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

Roby also discussed other military-related programs in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, including helicopter training at Fort Rucker near Enterprise and the professional education programs at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.

(Image: Representative Martha Roby/YouTube)