Posts tagged "soccer"

When your child wants to quit

When your child wants to quit
The philosophy in my house has always been you can try anything you’d like, but you need to finish it.  Quitting isn’t an option.  I’d love to end this black and white story here, but as we know, parenting is sometimes gray. All my kids went through a great travel soccer program.  Some successful, some... Read more »

Dorm life: great at 20, sucks at 40

Dorm life: great at 20, sucks at 40
I’m about to do something that I’ve been dreading for months.  I get heart palpitations just thinking about it. I’m going to live in the dorms. Looking back a couple of decades (plus), it was the most exciting and fun time I’ve ever had.  I lived in a very tiny room.  As soon as my... Read more »

The coolest losers in town

The coolest losers in town
My daughter’s soccer team is very competitive. They work incredibly hard and each girl has an intense commitment to the sport. After years of taking two steps forward and one step back, this season they found themselves on the brink of winning their division. That would mean they would move to a group of teams... Read more »
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When it comes to parenting, the little things matter

When it comes to parenting, the little things matter
My high school daughter had a soccer game in Antioch – about an hour away. I told her last night that there was no way I was going to be able to go. Her dad was out of town, and her sisters and brother had soccer, track and swim practice. I ALWAYS try to make... Read more »

10 things NOT to say at your kid's soccer game

10 things NOT to say at your kid's soccer game
My kids play soccer.  They play a lot of soccer.  In fact, over the winter break, I attended nine tournaments that came to a total of 32 games.  I’m a huge fan.  I use to have soccer tourrettes where I would randomly yell out things that I had no control over, like telling someone they... Read more »

My kid's better than your kid

My kid's better than your kid
My never ending quest to make sure my son is not picked last in gym class has subjected me to countless competitive parents.  Now it takes one to know one, so I fully admit I have a very competitive spirit.  However, I also know there are limits. I signed up for a soccer class once... Read more »
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Dude, You can't move the cones in Soccer

Dude, You can't move the cones in Soccer
I spent this past weekend basking in the sun and sand on Montrose Beach.  My daughters were in a beach soccer tournament and it was all about fun.  Or so I thought. My ten year old is an incredibly passionate player and works on her skills every day.   She also plays with a great group... Read more »

What ever happened to Loyalty?

What ever happened to Loyalty?
loy-al-ty: The state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations. I’m all for competition.  But I fear that we’ve been given so many choices in life that it’s rare to find people with any type of loyalty.  This goes way beyond products, but that’s where it all starts. Our kids are given... Read more »

FREE Youth Soccer Clinic

Schwaben Soccer Club which is one of the longest established clubs in Illinois, is hosting a FREE soccer skills clinic this Friday.  They’ve been around since 1926 and have produced a number of professional soccer players. The clinic is open to kids of all ages and abilities.  It will be Friday, May 20th from 5:00... Read more »
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Beach Soccer: Great event this weekend on Montrose Beach

For a really fun event to attend, July 24th and 25th, head out to Montrose beach.  This is the 9th year for one of North America’s largest beach soccer tournaments. You can watch kids, adults, men and women compete for prizes in a number of youth and adult divisions.  Montrose Beach is about 5 miles... Read more »