For many parents, youth sports is both a blessing and a curse. We love the fact that physical activity is good for our kids’ physical and emotional development, but attending every game can be a challenge for busy parents. As a sports mom for 21 years, I can remember the weekends lost to volle.... More »
Last week I introduced to you a great new fundraising tool called FlipGive. Today, I’m launching my own campaign, to show you how it works! I’ve started a campaign to raise money for Caps for Kids, an organization that buys caps for kids undergoing cancer treatment. My goal is to raise.... More »
Game-Fixing and Youth Coaching Ethics
By Doug Abrams
Under the headline, “Two Youth Teams Apparently Fixed a Match At a Tournament,” Fox Soccer writer Alex Dowd described a U-18 girls game played on July 28 at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas. He reported that the two .... More »
4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Pace The Sidelines During Youth Sports Parents, it’s time to have a seat, most preferably in the bleachers or a chair. We promise, this is something you need to hear: pacing the sidelines and instructing your child during youth sports is not going to help them p.... More »
Do you feel stuck? Stuck in your parenting habits? Stuck in your work habits? Stuck in your marriage habits? If you’ve never read Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, you don’t have to! Take a few minutes to watch this video. These are 7 habits worth adapting .... More »
Youth Leaguers Beware: Social Media Can Ruin Your Life
By Doug Abrams
Are you a high schooler who wants to attend a good college, perhaps on an academic or athletic scholarship? Are you a collegian who wants to remain in good standing? Want to attend graduate school afterwards? Want to land a good job before or after college? Want to earn a military commission? Want to hold a professional license that requires proof of good character? When your hair turns gray years from now, will you want to encourage your own children and grandchildren to follow your life’s example?
This column concerns one way to help assure that these and other worthwhile lifelong goals remain difficult, and perhaps impossible, to achieve – use social media to harass classmates or others…
One in three young Australian athletes who undergo ACL surgery re-injure the same knee within 15 years, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Specialty Day in March 2015.
Examining the long-term success of surgery for patients aged 18 years and younger, Australian researchers found that, although nearly seven out of ten of the athletes reported returning to their pre-injury level of activity following ACL reconstruction, 31% sustained a further injury after at least 15 years…
How to help kids build a positive relationship to sleep
As a parent, how do you feel about sleep? Is it something to look forward to? An activity you value like good food and regular exercise? A treat you’d like to have more of?
The answer is probably yes to all of the above—we grown ups welcome the chance to sleep!
Unfortunately, our kids often don’t get that message…
I’m all for going on trips with your kids, but the GUILT TRIP is one you need to avoid as much as possible. You see, we parents are really really good at this. We make snide, or even subtle comments that are intended to poke our kids a bit and make them feel guilty for not…Read More
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