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What Kind of Demanding Are You?

I have often tried to describe the Hero parent mentality and sometimes find that parents misinterpret this approach as being “soft” on kids.  This misinterpretation is probably due to the Hero parent’s offering of appropriate choices, rather than the command and control approach of the Tiger parent in which a child’s choice is an option…
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Rethinking Mistakes – Reflecting vs Reacting

Most of us have been brought up to think mistakes are bad, and we shouldn’t make them.  In fact, the logic follows, “If I were any good at this, I wouldn’t make mistakes. Therefore I must not be any good because I certainly make a lot of mistakes!”  It’s time we rethink the whole issue…
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What Your Child Needs to Know About Playing at the Next Level

Let’s put athletes in two categories for the sake of simplicity: 1) those whose appetite for sport is satisfied at whatever level they currently find themselves; 2) those whose appetite for sport is large enough that it demands striving to qualify for a higher opportunity, level, or program. What follows is written for the second…
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What Your Child Needs From You Before Competition

I think we’ve seen too many movies involving big dramatic pep talks that resulted in winning performances.  I’m thinking of films like Miracle, Remember the Titans, McFarland, etc.  As parents we forget that in each of those movies it was a coach – not Mom or Dad – that gave the pep talk.  Unfortunately, for…
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