Youth Sports Parents: Watch for these 4 Common Pitfalls When the Honeymoon is Over

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At first, the experience of youth sports for you and your child starts out innocent and fun. As a new sports parent, you are still in the honeymoon phase of youth sports; the ugly side of competition has not surfaced yet. Honeymoons are great, but we all know that they don’t last forever. There will come a…

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Do You Recognize the 10 Early Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Youth Sports Addiction?

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Don’t get me wrong. I love youth sports. I was consumed by my kids’ sports adventures for 21 years. I was an avid supporter of my husband’s teams while he coached for 28 years. But there is such a thing as overkill and it’s pretty obvious that many youth sports parents, and kids too, have gone way…

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Mental Toughness Podcast: Helping Your Child Deal with Mistakes

In my first full episode of the Sports parenting podcast, I would like to welcome Craig Sigl of Mental Toughness Trainer. Sigl is a mental toughness trainer who’s worked with athletes and business people for over 30 years. His unique brand of mental toughness helps kids develop the life skills of Focus, Confidence, Determination and Resilience through their participation in sports. He knows how to…

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5 Reasons Your Kids Should Hate Hard Work

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I’ve always wondered why we have a holiday celebrating hard work. What’s to celebrate? After all, says the prevailing theory in life, hard work is not fun. That attitude has seeped into the youth sports culture. Parents, coaches, and leaders have given kids plenty of reasons to hate hard work. And because of those reasons, it should come as no…

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6 Things You Do Not Need to Know to Be a Great Sports Parent

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Athletes do not always beget athletes. I’ve known some more than one un-athletic  sports parent whose kid is a skilled competitor. Perhaps you never played sports, or if you did, you eventually realized that you were not athletically gifted. Now, your kids are starting to play and you’re keeping your fingers crossed that they will have better…

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Youth Sports Wake-up Call: Forget the Past!

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There’s a lot wrong with youth sports. So we’re being told, over and over and over again. Every time I get online I see a new story about a parent gone mad or kids getting burned out. That culture of negativity sparks many conversations about youth sports and “the way it used to be” or “when I…

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