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July 10th, 2013 · acceptance, confidence, messages, sport family

Hi David,
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 →]

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Gymnastics Olympian Shares Sport Parent Lessons

May 11th, 2012 · acceptance, achievement, Audio - Parent Interview, conflicts, Uncategorized

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.


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Talking the Walk Helps Walking the Talk

March 15th, 2012 · character, Coach category, coaching, emotions

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 →]

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Stirring the Heart of a Team

February 24th, 2012 · achievement, character, Coach category, coaching, confidence, emotions, Goals, inspiration

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 →]

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The Road to Recovery Could Be the Road to Discovery

January 11th, 2012 · acceptance, character, emotions, injury, inspiration

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 →]

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Coaching On-Purpose vs. Off-Purpose

November 22nd, 2011 · character, Coach category, coaching, self-discipline

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 →]

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15 Ways to Fight the High Cost of Kids’ Sports

October 25th, 2011 · equipment, finances, sport family

Today’s guest post on sport family finances is by Janis Meredith from

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 →]

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How to Practice with Your Child

October 10th, 2011 · achievement, coaching, encouragement, fun, hard work, Uncategorized

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 →]

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Practicing the Art of Non-Interference

September 14th, 2011 · acceptance, character, messages, respect, support, Uncategorized, unconditional love

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 →]

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When Your Child’s Timetable for Success Isn’t Working

August 13th, 2011 · achievement, character, confidence, Goals, hard work, inspiration, self-discipline

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 →]

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