Fact: Physical activity is important for every child; organized youth sports is not for every child.  However learning life skills like self-discipline, self-control, commitment, conflict resolution, confidence management, resilience, goal setting, goal achieving, and self-esteem are not just recommended – they are essential for every child’s development.  Research has shown that kids who are involved…
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What Kind of Sport Parent Are You?

Parenting behaviors communicate so many important messages to children.  Many of those messages answer crucial questions for a child about his or her identity.  As your children wonder “Who am I?” they interpret the answer from the messages you send with the demeanor of your actions and the selection of your words. It could be…
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The End of Defensive Conversations with Your Athlete

The opinion that matters most to young athletes is what THEY think their parents think of them; their greatest fear is disappointing their parents. So during the car ride home from a game, be mindful of what you say. If you appear to be on offense in this conversation, defense is the only position left…
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