Tony and Lauren Dungy joined the National PTA Convention spreading the word that parents need to get involved and stay involved in their child’s lives. Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl win in 2007. He took his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years. He even won a Super Bowl himself when he played with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978. And yet he says that being a father is his most important job.
Putting your family first should be your first priority and Tony and Lauren Dungy spoke about getting involved and staying involved! They want to help you grow your PTA and community involvement in schools over breakfast! All Pro Dad is part of Family First and reaches thousands of men every day with practical parenting advice.
Tony and Lauren Dungy suffered one of the most tragic losses a parent can go through. a loss of a child. In 2005 in Tampa, Florida, their 18 year-old son James was found dead. Through their faith and strength, they continue to speak out for families and help others by getting involved.
In an interview with Parenting.com, Tony and Lauren had these few tips to pass on to parents today:
- Hey guys, getting involved isn’t just for moms. Tony: “In my mind, PTA was a bunch of ladies who got together to talk about school. But really, there are plenty of men involved in the PTA — just not enough men, not as many as we need.”
- Your older kids may say they don’t need you — but they do. Lauren: “Parental involvement goes down as kids ages go up. By the time they get to middle school, participation drops to 75%. And by the time they get to high school, it drops to 52%.”
- Be there for your kids, even if it means laying down the law in a way may not like. They may not be happy about it now, but they’ll look back and appreciate it later. Tony: “Our 25-year-old, she’s a little happier now about how we raised her than she might have been when she was 15 or 16.“
- Overachievers — remember that your kid is not like your job. Reinforce the positive. Tony: “With my coaching background, we’re always critiquing. You have to learn to compliment more.”
- There’s no practice game for parenting. You’re going to make mistakes. Even Super Bowl-winning coaches and Family First reps aren’t immune. Have the Dungys made mistakes? Tony: “Everyday, everyday.” Lauren: “We’re not perfect, we’re parents. You practice from experience.”
Tony and Lauren currently have 7 kids ranging from elementary school to college. They make it their mission to keep their family first. Learn more about bring All Pro Dad to your community. Visit All Pro Dad.