Your monthly webinars have been very enjoyable and helpful! I have learned lots and continue to seek ways to be a better grounded/rounded sport parent. One thing I’d love to hear your thoughts on is… How does a parent best react to the outside world’s perception/comments of their child with sports? Here’s a little example:
My son recently walks in the door and says “Mom, some man called out his car window and said [Read more →]
Listen to a fascinating and revealing interview with Wendy Bruce Martin, Olympian and mother of two athletic children as she talks about the most important lessons she has learned about being a sport parent.
An assistant coach of fifth- and sixth-grade teams at Springfield’s Catholic Youth Organization, is accused of attacking the coach of the winning team after a game. As the players were shaking hands following the game, the coach allegedly attempted [Read more →]
With the conclusion of the NFL season and hearing the post-Super Bowl interviews, the impact of a positive team spirit becomes so apparent once again. This intangible commodity that sounds so corny to some is so obviously present when you listen to players and coaches after a championship win. Listen to the common themes that emerge from the lips of the most hardened and mentally tough athletes in the world following a NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL championship: [Read more →]
Today’s guest post is contributed by our new Growing Champions for Life team member, Donna Bollinger — athlete, speaker, coach, and parent of four athletic children.
In the last football game of the season Ben, my son, was striving to prove himself a worthy ball handler on a long pass play. With graceful speed he was down field ready for the ball which was heading just inside the sidelines. He reached high and far for the ball, willing it into his hands, only to be tackled mid-air and brought down hard on the well packed dirt of the sidelines. [Read more →]
The recent events at Penn State University cause me to reflect once again on the human struggle to live life on purpose. The apparent choices of Jerry Sandusky demonstrate what can happen when a coach strays from what he certainly knows about his true purpose as a coach. What is the purpose of a coach? [Read more →]
Today’s guest post on sport family finances is by Janis Meredith from jbmthinks.com
We all want our kids to get exercise, make friends, and enjoy the fun of competition. But it can cost a lot to have kids in sports. Here’s how to creatively ﬁght high costs while your child plays. [Read more →]
There are two ways to practice a sport with your child, and both approaches can end in disaster if the purpose is unclear. On the other hand, with an agreed-upon purpose, either approach can lead to satisfying experiences your child will talk about for years to come. Here are the two options and how to execute for maximum positive impact. [Read more →]
in-ter-fere v. “to intrude in the affairs of others.” Where is the line separating parental guidance from interference? Here’s an example: As Trey begins to eat his food, Dad takes the fork out of his right hand and and places it in his left hand — repeatedly if necessary. [Read more →]
Dreams and goals serve as motivational fuel for anyone who has ever achieved elite athlete status in sports. Early in his Little League career our son Tyler set his sights on playing professional baseball. However the timetable for reaching those goals didn’t play out according to his plan. [Read more →]