Parent's Role

Helping Student Athletes Perform At Their Best: A Game Plan for Sports Moms

Today's sports moms do much more than juggle schedules and drive athletes to and from games. Moms are committed to going the extra mile to ensure that their kids are well-rested, well-nourished, well-hydrated and mentally prepared to perform at their best, both in the classroom and on the playing field.  To help your kids achieve peak performance, here's a ten-point "game plan" to address time, nutrition and performance concerns.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Great Teaching Opportunity for Parents

The 2014 FIFA World Cup not only provides a chance to watch with your children the best players in the world's most popular sport competing on the biggest stage of all, but it is provides a wonderful teaching opportunity as well: to teach children about national pride, sportsmanship, teamwork, and world geography.

Desire To Excel in Sports Needs To Be Child's, Not Parent's

When is the desire to excel a child's and when is it the parents'?  When does a parent cross the line from supportive to pushy? Sports parents should always remember to think about their motives for encouraging their child to play a certain sport or to attain a specific goal.

Athletic Values, Leadership Skills Need to Be Taught in Youth Sports

The vast majority of children who play youth sports don't end up in the pros. So what is the real purpose of amateur sports? Most parents will say for children to learn athletic values and leadership skills.  But exactly how does that happen? As a culture, we expect student-athletes will become leaders by merely participating in sports. But these values need to be taught.

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.

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