I’m 100% That … Cheer Mom!

I have no idea how it happened, but suddenly I’m that “CHEER MOM!”

This summer my daughter showed interest in cheer. So I buckled her in and headed to Bayou Athletics for tryouts. I honestly never put much thought into what “making the team” actually meant. Before I knew it, I was joining “Cheer Mom Groups” on Facebook and googling svgs for cute shirts. I was scheduling everything in my life around cheer practice and private lessons. Because let’s be honest, my big girl was not really feeling flips, tumbles, or cartwheels. BUT she wanted to cheer. (Maybe she didn’t know what this entailed either.) Needless to say, she overcame that fear because of her amazing coaches. I also found out that it was “Coach Floyd” that knew everything and not me. Imagine that!

Well, the closer we got to our first cheer competition the more my anxiety heightened.

I asked myself a thousand times had I overcommitted? And of course, WILL she even come out on stage? Not only did she come out on stage, SHE LOVED IT!!

The best part of it all has been watching her build confidence, understand the importance of TEAM, and meet new friends. But perhaps my most exciting moment for her was watching those little legs leave the mat and turn that cartwheel. I’ll be honest, I have NEVER turned a cartwheel in my entire life. And to see her do it ON STAGE in front of people was impressive. I do not have that much confidence even now!

So here I am the Cheer Mom I said I would never be.

Here I am allowing her to wear the makeup and hit the stage. Here I am planning for competitions and loving it. Here she is LOVING it even more. I won’t tell you that I’m not still anxious. But I will say that I am proud of “four-year-old her.” I even purchased and personalized the cowbell I said I wouldn’t. I am “The Cheer Mom I said I wouldn’t be.” And I look forward to watching her again and again.  BUT I still have to get ready for this “flyer” she wants to be.

two months take two
Coach Floyd
D'Andra Odom
D'Andra Bradford Odom grew up in Jonesboro, LA. She swore to her parents that she would never live in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas. However, after completing a cooperative education assignment with IBM in Rochester, MN, she bravely returned to Louisiana to plant her roots. D’Andra earned a Bachelors from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA and a Masters from the rival school Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. However, the rivalry only lasts for one Saturday in November, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. D’Andra has a strong passion for public policy, social justice, and cooking. Therefore, it is no surprised that this self-proclaimed foodie met her husband, Chef Brandon Odom while trying a new spot, and ultimately co-founded Odom’s Kitchen (eatwithodoms.com). Together D’Andra and Brandon have two amazing children, Josiah and Corrinne. Josiah is the gentle and compassionate little gentleman. While Corrinne marches to the beat of her own drum. One of the things she loves most about being in Louisiana is providing her children with access to three living great-grandparents. Additionally, D’Andra and Brandon enjoy entertaining friends and family through food and laughs. She considers it an added bonus to be able to share and interact with other moms in the area. As it turns out this North Louisiana native found her roots through love in South Louisiana. A badge she wears proudly.


  1. Absolutely love it! I’ve been a cheer mom for about 7 years. My son went from nothing to a 2time World Champion. He is 21 and coaches for Top Gun and still cheers international! It has been an amazing journey and unbelievable! Glad you did it! Enjoy all you can!


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