ADVERSITY IN SPORTS: When’s the Right Age to Allow Competition for Kids? + MORE

ADVERSITY IN SPORTS: When’s the Right Age to Allow Competition for Kids? + MORE
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What is Emotional Intelligence? Great Tools for Home and School

What is emotional intelligence? How do parents and teachers nurture it at home and in the classroom? What methods are working?    Emotional intelligence (EI for short) has become a popular term since Daniel Goleman authored his book with the same title in 1995. Several decades of research not on.... More »

ABUSIVE SPORTS PARENTS: Why Are So Many HS Coaches Quitting? A National Epidemic

We have known for some years now that sports parents have become an increasing issue for HS coaches as Moms and Dads often intervene or meddle with the coaches upon behalf of their youngster. Coaches would often remark to each other that the “best kids to coach were those who were orphans. But.... More »

The Talent That Whispers + MORE

The scouts snickered. They looked at the time again. To this day the 5.28 second 40 yard dash time is one of the slowest for quarterbacks in the history of the NFL combine. His 24.5 inch vertical leap didn’t have them lining up at his door either. He had been a good, but not an The post The Talent.... More »

Parents, It’s Time to Adopt the 24 Hour Rule

The 24-hour rule was established at a high school where my husband taught and coached for many years. The rule was simply this: if you have a problem with the coach after a game, wait 24 hours before talking to him or her. Unfortunately, parents didn’t always abide by the rule and the result .... More »

How to Deal with a Negative Coach + MORE

If your child has ever been coached by a negative coach, you have probably been tempted to fight fire with fire. If he’s a yeller, you want to chew him out. If he’s critical, you want to be critical about him being critical. If he focuses more on the mistakes of the team than on...Read&#.... More »
Sooner or later everybody has a mountain to climb. And for your child, that challenge very well may come in youth sports. He will face an obstacle, a battle, a mountain that will test him to his very core and if he manages to face that uphill climb with persistence and passion, he will succeed. Last…

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I asked the controversial question on today’s show: At what age should we start to keep score in our kids’ games, and in effect, introduce them to competition, e.g winning and losing.
I was inspired to do this after reading the the founder of the Texas Youth Football League – the basis for the reality TV series, “Friday Night Tykes,” was of the opinion that introducing 6 and 7 year old tackle football players to winning and losing was suitable – that, in effect, the sooner we introduce our kids to the harsh realities of life, the better prepared they will become…

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The Perils of Single-Sport Participation


For the last few days, my email and social media accounts have been lit up by a simple image first shared with me on Twitter by @ohiovarsity. It is amazing because the image portrays something that is widely known among experts, widely discussed in coaching circles, and has certainly been written about by me and […

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One of the best summer jobs I ever had was renting out powerboats in Annapolis harbor. The scenery was gorgeous every day. One day, a couple took a boat out into the Chesapeake Bay with heavy waves and their boat engine broke down. They called in for help and it was my job to rescue them. I took a boat out there and found them bobbing up and down in five foot swells…

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