I Got Thrown Out of My Daughter’s Soccer Game

The title speaks for itself. It’s my first time. I ask for your forgiveness. It’s taken me a while, about 6 weeks, to garner the...

When You’re Afraid Your Child Won’t Make the Team

Question: My son, age 10, really enjoys playing baseball -- he's great at seeing the whole field, knowing where the play is, and encouraging his...

Long-Distance Parental Support

If your child is passionate about playing sports competitively, it stands to reason that you’re passionate about the same sport. Bumper stickers, yard signs,...

Why Sportsmanship Does Matter

One of my favorite things about watching professional playoff hockey, outside of the amazing athleticism and intensity, is the handshake at the end of...

The “24 Hour Rule” is Hard To Do

Often when I speak to parents about giving feedback to their child-athletes, I recommend that they wait 24 hours before saying anything about the...

The Importance of Positive Feedback

How often do our kids actually ask us for feedback about their performance? Perhaps more to the point, how often do we offer our feedback...

Approach the Coach

If you’re the parent of a young athlete, you’ve no doubt felt the need to approach the coach at one point or another. Whether...

Fear Trumps Ambition

Saying no is hard to do, especially when it comes to our kids. And when our kids are offered opportunities to play on multiple...

Specialization vs. Multiple Sports: Does it Really Help Your Kid Get Into College?

It may seem far away, but it’s closer than you think. For many families, youth sports lead to the ultimate goal of playing collegiate...

You Can’t Hit if You Don’t Swing

I don’t normally attend my son’s baseball games. There’s a reason why. But this year my husband’s coaching my daughter's softball team, so I’m...

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