7 Conversation Starters for Family Dinners + MORE

7 Conversation Starters for Family Dinners + MORE

12 Signs That a Sports Parent Needs to Take 2 Steps Back + MORE

You don’t have to be a crazy sports parent to be a little too invested in your child’s youth sports experience. I was never seen as a whacko parent, but there were definitely times when I sensed that I was taking my kids’ games way too seriously. When I was thinking clearly enough .... More »
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How to Help Kids Stop Dwelling on Mistakes

Helping Young Athletes Let Go of Mistakes When kids hang onto mistakes, they often end up experiencing low confidence, frustration and poor performance. When they dwell on their mistakes, they can’t focus in the moment or have fun playing sports because they become so angry with themselves. I.... More »

DANGERS OF THROWING TOO MANY FASTBALLS: A New Study Suggests Max Effort Causes Injuries

Last week, as you may recall, I interviewed Jeff Passan, the author of new bestselling book, THE ARM. And if there was one major takeaway from that show, it was that the world of pitching —  and trying to prevent arm injuries —  has never been more complicated. And now, in yesterday’.... More »
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HEROIC ATHLETES/COACHES: Some Role Models You Should Tell Your Athletes About… + MORE

 What to Tell Children When Professional Athletes Stray By Doug Abrams   The past few years have exposed a darker side of professional sports, in full view of children who follow their favorite stars. In bygone decades, some players were no angels but sportswriters chose silence over public re.... More »

8 Things Every Soccer Parent Needs to Know + MORE

This post is sponsored by Xeros Gear, creator of a bag that fights sports equipment odor. Learn more about their first bag, designed specifically for shin guards. Soccer was one of the several sports that my three kids all played at a young age. And even though my husband also played at a small co.... More »
A piece on Medium.com headlined “The power of your writing: Why you should write even if you think nobody is reading” seems to be aimed more at creative writers and personal essayists than journalists, but I think it has some good advice for any writer, and it’s a nice follow-up to yesterday’s post in this space by Michael Schottey…

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The Jones household is in desperate need of some dinner conversation starters. Five minutes into the meal, Tony (a.k.a. Dad), having patiently waited for the initial feeding frenzy to settle down, asks twelve-year-old Emily, “What’s new at school?”
“Nothing.”
“How about you, Jason?”
“I dunno…

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