Riddles and jokes are a great way to help our children laugh and put their brains in motion at the same time. Add to that the fun of a festive season like fall, and you have one terrific opportunity to make some great memories with the kids. Here are some silly, and yes corny, jokes and riddl.... More »
Raising fearless children, whether on the ball field or in the classroom, is a goal of every good parent. But what if your athlete struggles with fear? Fear of failure? Fear of risk? Fear of not being good enough? Where does this fear come from? It shows up in children without any warning and you..... More »
Do you know how to simply be the parent and let youth sports coaches do their job? This post is an excerpt from my book 11 Habits of Happy and Positive Sports Parents. To get your copy or learn how you can give one to every parent on your child’s team, click here. Although parents and coaches..... More »
As the summer winds down and you’re preparing for fall, it’s critical to ensure your kids have a coach whose style and philosophy builds their confidence.
Whether your young athletes are already on a team or will be with a coach for the first time, it’s important to consider how a coach affec.... More »
Parents want their young athletes to feel good, eat well, and perform their best. But that’s not always easy to accomplish when you’re dealing with hungry, growing bodies, different food preferences, and food temptations around every corner.
I’ve heard a variety of food complaints from .... More »
Tyler Kepner’s tribute to Tony Gwynn in the New York Times is worth your time because it’s a great piece, full of great stories about a great player who, by all accounts including Kepner’s, was a wonderful person as well.
But since I’m talking about it you’ve probably guessed already that I think there’s something in it that us scribbling types can make use of…
As parents, we seek to develop positive character qualities in our kids. It’s usually easier said than done, but it is always worth the effort. You may be familiar with The Marshmallow Test for kids, but take a minute to watch this short video that shows a series of kids facing the difficult task of exerting self-discipline and delaying gratification…
Over two years ago I sent an open letter and proposals to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) regarding hit limits in football. Some took this as a “candy ass” approach and one that was not needed. I disagreed with that assessment, in fact, I felt that what I wrote at the time was proactive […]
“With self-discipline most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt
From a parenting perspective, it is very important to counteract what our children are exposed to with lessons of exerting will over want. Recently my daughter made a promise to not eat any meat for a period of five weeks…