Posts tagged "sports"

Sports parents: are we all just nuts?

Sports parents: are we all just nuts?
As I drove back from a long weekend, I could help but wonder if I’m a little crazy.  Well I know I am, but when it comes to my kids and sports, I think I’ve found the real definition of insanity. I needed to get my oldest down to Cincinnati at 10 am for a... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

When the Parent is more nervous than the Athlete

When the Parent is more nervous than the Athlete
4:17 am.  The numbers are blaring at me.  Really?  Come on.  I don’t have to be up for another two hours.  I toss around for another 20 minutes.  It’s no use.  Too many thoughts running through my head.  I’m never going to sleep now.  Damn. The Illinois Sr. State Swim Championship meet is this weekend. ... Read more »
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The benefits of scheduling kids

I’m cruising down the highway on a Sunday morning at 5:45 am.  I look at the other drivers wondering who else would be on the road this early on a chilly morning.  I’m surrounded by Lions, Tigers and Bears.  Further down the road there are Titans, Spartans and Warriors.  No, they aren’t rebellious church goers.... Read more »

Sports Parents - what kind are you?

Let's face it, most of us will not raise kids like the Mannings.  We're in this to offer all the good things that sports provide such as self esteem, confidence, discipline and life-long friendships.  We'll experience good and bad, but if we, as parents, control how we react to it, both children and parents will have a MUCH better experience!
I’ve spent a good portion of my adult life watching youth sports.  The last couple of years I’ve really settled into a groove and started having time to watch parents.  Some of them are rotten crazy, some are fantastic and most are somewhere in betwen. Whenever I’m watching a big event, such as the World... Read more »

Bring Back the Over-Scheduling!

Two Weeks ago, this is what my after school schedule looked like for 4 of my 5 kids: M: 3:00 – 4:00 1 at Stock Market club      5:00 – 6:00 3 at soccer      5:30 – 8:00 1 at swimming      7:00 – 8:00 2 at swimming      7:30 –... Read more »
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