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Tell Young Athletes That Performance Isn’t a Defining Moment

Many parents express concern about how their children are so hard on themselves when it comes to their athletic performances. In some cases it’s as if not a single performance or score or win is quite good enough to satisfy the child’s need to be perfect. Parental pressure and high expectations can be the cause,…
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Behavior vs. Performance

I speak often about how I see the difference between behavior issues and performance issues in our kids. Based on the many books I’ve read on these topics and my own experience, I’m convinced that we have an obligation to speak very directly to our children about the behaviors that are expected and acceptable based…
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Sports Parents: Abandon Your Emotional Front Row Seat

I discovered something important about being a sport dad during my son’s 20 year baseball career (age 4 to 24) that really helped me cope with the emotional stress of watching him play a sport with so much inherent failure. I noticed how much less stress I experienced after a game that I did not…
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Not Making the Team: An Opportunity, Not a Threat

A few years ago a Little League mom made the headlines by stalking, berating, and threatening the coach of the baseball team that cut her son after try outs. Okay, definitely an over-the-top reaction, but more importantly a missed opportunity in the parent child relationship as it relates to sports. Let’s take a look at…
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