Parent's Role

"Winning Takes Care of Everything" and Other Sporting Myths

Nike's latest edgy ad in which Tiger Woods claims that, "Winning takes care of everything," has evoked a wide range of responses in the media, and, one might hope, around the family dinner table. After all, why miss a teachable moment when you're a parent of a young athlete? But what exactly is Nike's message, wonders one commentator on sports and society.

Do's And Don'ts For Sports Parents

Parents of children playing sports, especially moms, play many important roles, many of which probably go unnoticed by your child, from arranging carpools to games to preparing halftime snacks for the team. But what about your involvement in the actual sports side of things? How can you help your child become better at the sport they play? Here is a list of do's and don'ts.

London Olympics: Celebrating Athletes And Their Moms

Watching 12 hours of Olympic coverage every day gives one Texas sports mom a chance to learn from lots of dedicated sports moms, and grandmums, including Queen Elizabeth II.

Watching The Olympics: Making It Fun and Educational For Kids

A two-time Olympic track cyclist and mom of two young children talks about how parents can make watching the London Olympics with their kids a fun and educational experience.

The Summer of Play: Eight Ways to Let Your Kid Be a Kid This Summer

A best-selling parenting author argues that the lack of unstructured play  is exacting a heavy price on our kids, but says that if you're ready to change your high-pressure, overscheduling ways, summer is the perfect time to get started.

David Kittner (a/k/a Youth Fitness Guy): Adults in Youth Sports Need To Always Remember It's For The Kids

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. We decided at MomsTEAM to designate June as National Sports Dads Month and all month long have been hearing from a fascinating range of men about what they have learned as sports dads, what their kids have learned, and, if they could change anything about today's youth sports, what it would be.

Today, we hear from longtime youth sports fitness expert and instructor, David Kittner:

MomsTEAM: Were you an athlete and what sports did you play as a youth (under 19)?Kittner family tree

A sports dad, coach, and longtime youth fitness instructor thinks the adults involved in youth sports, including league administrators, coaches and parents, need an attitude adjustment: to remember, first and foremost, that the game is for the kids.

Mark Hyman (Sports Journalist): Favors "Kid-Centric" Approach to Youth Sports

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions.

Today, we hear from sports journalist Mark Hyman: Ben and Eli Hyman

MomsTEAM: Were you an athlete and what sports did you play as a youth (under 19)?

A sports journalist explains how, after allowing his son to briefly pitch in a playoff game despite a sore arm, he hit the reset button and now advocates in favor of a kid-centric approach to youth sports which considers, first and foremost, how adult decisions effect kids on the field, on the court, and in the pool.

Aurelio Kamosso (Soccer Coach and Entrepreneur): Helping Soccer Players Find Success One Touch At A Time

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating array of fathers, from a former Major League Baseball general manager, to a Minnesota hockey coach and safety advocate, from a sociologist with an expertise in gender and sports to a pediatric sports medicine doctor.

A longtime youth soccer coach talks about developing a soccer training shoe that helps young players find success one "touch" at a time.

Brad Morgan (Athletic Trainer & Coach): Success In Sports Helped Son Meet Challenges In Classroom

 

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating array of fathers, from a former Major League Baseball general manager, to a Minnesota hockey coach and safety advocate, from a sociologist with an expertise in gender and sports to a pediatric sports medicine doctor.

A certified athletic trainer, coach and father of four found that the best way to help a son struggling in the classroom was to use the challenges he successfully faced on the football field as a metaphor.

Kevin Duy (SportsDadHub.com Founder): Find Sport That Fuels Child's Passion

 

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating array of fathers, from a former Major League Baseball general manager, to a Minnesota hockey coach and safety advocate, from a sociologist with an expertise in gender and sports to a pediatric sports medicine doctor.

The founder of a website dedicated to helping fathers become better sports dads urges parents to get out of their sports comfort zone and let their kids try a variety of sports, even if they don't know a thing about them!
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