Parent Athletes: When Games Interfere with Parenting

The birth of a child is one of the most special days in a person’s life. It is the day they stop being a person and become a parent. This is something that is life altering, exciting, and nerve-wracking all at the same time. For most parents it is not an issue to be there when their child is born, however for professional athletes there sometimes exists conflict

Playground Dad recently post about NFL players missing games for child birth. This post was provoked by the situation facing Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears. Tillman’s wife is expecting their fourth child this weekend, and the Bears have a huge match up against the Houston Texans. Both teams are considered to be Super Bowl contenders at this point in the season, but as a parent Tillman feels obligated to see his child’s birth. I believe that he should be at his child’s birth regardless of whether it conflicts with the game or not.

Do you think Tillman should play or watch his child be born?