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Youth Sports: Pluses and Minuses For Parents

It is common wisdom that both boys and girls benefit from playing organized sports in a variety of ways, including socially. But do parents also benefit from their involvement? Does the time and money parents spend going to their kids' practices and games benefit them socially? Do they feel it is worth all the effort? According to a study by researchers at Purdue University in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the answer seems to be a qualified yes.

 

Are You a Parent or a Chauffeur?

Author of new children's book, Hey Dad, Let's Have A Catch!, advises parents to do more than just drive their kids to practices and games.

Unstructured Free Play Important for Kids

Too often these days, parents feel they have no choice but to pack their child's schedules with adult-supervised, adult-driven activities such as organized sports, even in the summer, when kids have the most free time.  But, as a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes clear, such activities should not come at the expense of free and unstructured play, which is critical to healthy child development.

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After A Loss: Advice for Parents

With the winter sports season in full swing, it is important for parents to remember that, no matter how talented your child may be, there are going to be days when she doesn't play her best or when, despite her best effort, her team loses. How you manage both the ups and the inevitable downs will play a large role in whether your child has a successful youth sports experience.

When Is Your Child Ready To Play Sports?

I am often asked by parents how to decide when a child is ready to play sports? What sports should she play? When is too early? When is too late? What should a parent's expectations be starting out? While there are no pat answers to these questions and no hard-and-fast rules, here is some general advice.

Buying Athletic Shoes For Children

A recent study found that a majority of kids wear shoes that are too small, which put them at risk for developing serious foot deformities, such as bunions.  Here are some tips on buying athletic shoes for your child that fit!

5 Reasons Why Sports Are Great for Your Daughter

You probably already know that playing sports can benefit your daughter. I'm sure you can think of a few of these benefits off the top of your head, but there may be a few you haven't thought of.

The Women’s Sports Foundation, a leading internet source for girls and women in sports, lists the following benefits for girls in sports:


Better Grades and Graduation Rate:
High school girls playing sports are more likely to get better grades and more likely to graduate from high school than their non-playing counterparts.

You probably already know that playing sports can benefit your daughter. I'm sure you can think of a few of these benefits off the top of your head, but there may be a few you haven't thought of.

How to Improve Youth Sports Safety: Focus On Protecting The Whole Child

As a woman and mother fighting to keep kids safe playing sports for the past twenty-five years, MomsTEAM Founder, Brooke de Lench, knows that, just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the involvement of every youth sports stakeholder to protect children at play from abuse, not just physical abuse, but emotional, psychological and sexual, and from sports injuries, many of which are preventable.

Summer Camp Benefits Kids In Lots Of Ways

The director of a co-ed summer camp in Maine lists the many reasons why a sleep-away camp experience is so valuable for kids.

Burnout In Youth Athletes: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

While geared to sports medicine professionals, a new position statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine provides helpful guidance to sports parents on the causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of burnout in youth athletes.
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