When I was a kid it seemed my dad always knew the right thing to say. From the soccer field to homework, his wisdom was limitless. Looking back I think a lot of that was from life experience, but it was probably polished up with some slick lines. Quotes have the power to add emphasis to a concept and punctuate a thought. Tom Limbert’s Dad’s Playbook – Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time puts you into the coaches’ seat, and shares the wisdom you’ll need once you’re there.
Dad’s Playbook is broken into sections covering everything from leading to training, loving to living, each section filled with motivational quotes not just to help dad conceptualize a concept, but to build the arsenal of timely one-liners.
I had a chance to ask Tom a few questions about his book and it’s impact on his own life, here is what he had to say:
Dadsense: Who is the sports icon which influences your parenting style the most?
Tom Limbert: I admire coaches like Steve Kerr who create fun atmospheres and treat their players with respect.
Dadsense: What inspired you to write Dad’s Playbook?
TL: The death of John Wooden. I read one of his books and realized everything he says about motivating and uniting players applies to parenting.
Dadsense: If you could pick one quote to share with new parents to sum up fatherhood, which would you choose?
TL: John Wooden- “Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.” The goal should be that you support one another.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from life, it’s that you can always do with a good quote – no matter what your situation, someone has said it better. Tom explains that while we may not use these quotes directly with our children, it’s important to remind them that we’re on their side, and we’re a team.
Speaking of being on a team and working together, Tom sent us a copy of Dad’s Playbook to review, but he also sent one to give away! It’s the perfect gift for a new dad, and a great read for any sports fan father!