3 Steps to Having a Blast As Your Child Plays Youth Sports

3 Steps to Having a Blast As Your Child Plays Youth Sports

ABUSIVE SPORTS PARENTS: New Study Targets Helicopter Parents

There was a new study just published this past week by the American Psychological Association, and in short, the study confirms what many of us have assumed for a long time: That helicopter parents actually get in the way of their kid’s emotional and social development. Now, I don’t think this w.... More »

ABUSIVE PARENTS AND COACHES: What Happens When We Run Out of Refs?

The Chronic Nationwide Referee Shortage and Its Safety Risks By Doug Abrams  “Everybody thinks [referees] should be perfect, so mom and dad start yelling at the officials. These officials don’t want to be berated all the time, so . . . they get out.” — Mark Jones, Alabama High School A.... More »

What Olympic Parents Want to Tell Sports Parents

Every two years, we are in awe of Olympians and inevitably, we meet some Olympic parents and hear their stories of sacrifice and support. There was a time, however, when those Olympic parents were sports parents much like you are. I doubt that most of them really grasped that someday their children .... More »
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The Game When My Son Struck out 3 Times, and What I Learned + MORE

There are moments in a sports parent’s life that are embedded in your heart and memory so deeply that they will always move you when you think of them. One of those moments for me was when my 4th-grade son–who is now 28–struck out three times in a playoff little league game. As the.... More »

BOOK REVIEW: HEMORRHOIDS AT HALFTIME -An Insider’s View of High School Athletics

Over the course of my doing my radio show over the years, I have assembled a pretty substantial library of books on sports in this country. Many of these works are written by dedicated individuals who share my passion and concern for what’s happening to kids in sports. And the vast majority of the.... More »
If you watched the 2018 Winter Olympics, then you’ll probably remember Jong Jin Kim, the dad of snowboarder Chloe Kim. He held up a posterboard sign that said “Go Chloe”, with a pink heart colored in above the words. Jong Jin showed parents of athletes in youth sports the number one rule of being awesome: have…

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