Spring is fast upon us, which in my house means one thing: It's baseball season again.
All around Newport-Mesa, baseball fields are bustling, with the littlest Little Leaguers to brawny high school players hoping for fleeting moments of glory that make the long hours of practice worthwhile.
As they rehearse, I do my own prep work. When a new season arrives, I do a mental inventory to remind myself of the guidelines I've established for my own behavior.
I freely admit that my code of conduct might not jibe with others' ideas of good parenting. But I believe I would have adopted a similar approach no matter which sport my sons had chosen to pursue.
For what it's worth, I humbly offer my Rules for Staying Sane During Baseball Season:
1.) Keep my mouth shut.
Over the years, I've learned the hard way that it's best to stifle any impulse to go beyond generic "Go team!"–type cheers during games, and empathetic nods and "hmms" afterwards.