Parent's Role

Youth Sports Safety Tips for Parents

March is National Athletic Training Month.  In recognition of the important role sports parents, coaches and athletic all play in preventing injuries, the NATA's theme this year is Sports Safety is a Team Effort.  Teaming up with the North American Booster Club Association, the NATA has prepared an online Sports Safety Checklist offering important information for parents who want to keep their kids as safe as possible.

Goal Setting Tips for Children: Parent's Role

Occasionally you'll hear someone say that they aren't a goal-oriented person, or that they don't really know how to set goals. Most likely, they actually set goals every day: Every time they make a "To Do" list for themselves or their "honey" or leave the house expecting to arrive at their destination at a particular time, they are goal-setting without even realizing it.  Two-time Olympic track cyclist and mom, Erin Mirabella, says it's never too early for children to set goals and that parents can play an important role in the goal-setting process.

Sports Parents: Your Support Makes All the Difference

Some day your child's athletic career will end.  When it does, rather than remembering the great plays they made, the games won, or the moments of excellence, they will hopefully remember that you were there to support them every step of the way.

Finding Happiness As A Sports Parent

The co-author of the new book, What Happy Working Mothers Know, explains, how if you want your kids to be happy and to grow up to be happy adults, you need as a sports parent to show them what a happy adult looks like.  Not as hard as it sounds.

Should Sports be 'Dumbed Down?'

The idea of “dumbed down” sports is a scary concept for some. It can be hard for many adults, especially coaches, to accept. The mere idea of doing so can bring their coaching into question and evoke feelings of hesitation, resistance and fear. Many are often quick to admit, “My dad never ‘dumbed down’ sports for me, and I turned out fine.” However, watch a seasoned coach try to teach a young child without “dumbing down” sports, and they fail miserably. Still, purists claim “dumbed down” sports coaching is anything but natural.

Return to Play: Parents Can Play Important Role

Dr. Doug Glazer suggests that parents can play a role in deciding whether their child is psychologically ready to return to sports after long-term injury.

Making Fitness Fun for Children

Tips for parents on ways to make fitness fun for children. 

Setting Boundaries But Supporting Independence Work Best For Sports Parents, Study Says

Parents who set boundaries and expectations for their teenage daughters but encouraged independence within those limits were better able to gauge their child's mood, provide feedback on their child's sports performance at the right time, and maintain open lines of communication, a Canadian study finds.

The Draft

Last weekend we woke to a cold crisp Saturday morning. Fortunately there was no wind. But at 25 degrees, it was plenty cold. This was the day for Meridian Youth Baseball Assessments. The thought of going through a baseball combine at that temperature didn't seem to phase the kids, they had adrenalin to keep them warm. We parents on the other hand, we were a bit chilly. And of course, nothing runs according to plan, so we waited in the cold for about an hour longer than we were prepared for. But it was only adults, like me, whining about the weather.

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