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10 Pitch Perfect Parenting Lessons From Ted Lasso

He might have been coaching soccer, but he was he also coaching us?

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Though it might not look like it, Apple TV+ has a real parenting gem in Jason Sudekis’ Ted Lasso. The earnest football coach-turned-soccer coach in England is full of thoughtful words of wisdom.

#1. Recognize how far you’ve come

As Ted reminds Roy, “Don’t let the wisdom of age be wasted on you.”

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#2. Stop overthinking everything

As Ted put it: “You know why the goldfish is the happiest animal on Earth? He’s got a 10 second memory. Be a goldfish.”

#3. Just love each other

Ted dropped a truth bomb when he said, “I think if you care about someone and you got a little love in your heart, there ain’t nothin you can’t get through together.”

#4. The struggle to improve is real — and always worth it

Ted wants his team to push themselves: “Takin’ on a challenge is a lot like ridin’ a horse. If you’re comfortable while you’re doin’ it, you’re probably doin’ it wrong.”

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#5. Call a friend when things get tough

Ted reminded us that it’s always worse to feel alone: “I promise you, there is something worse out there than being sad. And that is being alone and being sad. Ain’t no one in this room alone.”

#6. Bonding doesn’t always come naturally

Ted found ways to connect with his team, even when it involved a curse. “The team’s gotta bond.”

#7. Don’t give bullies the attention they want

When Ted explains to Roy why he won’t stop some team members from picking on Nate, he puts it like this: “A teacher tells a bully not to pick on someone, it’s just gonna make it worse.”

#8. Believe in yourself

Ted’s positivity eventually rubs off on people because he wants them to believe in themselves. As he says, “I have a real tricky time hearing folks that don’t believe in themselves.”

#9. Always practice optimism, even when it’s hard

Ted’s team might be struggling, but he never stops asking them to hope for the future: “I believe in hope. I believe in Believe.”

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#10. Be careful how you define success

Ted’s plans for the team are about growth, not wins: “Success is not about the wins and losses. It is about helping these young fellas be the best versions of themselves on and off the field.”