Balancing Sports & Family

Sports Are Great For Kids, But Too Much Comes With Risks

The benefits of sports participation are numerous, says Lyle Micheli, M.D., Director, Division of Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, including improved physical fitness and opportunities for socialization.  Parents should help their child find a sport they enjoy, but too much sports can result in psychological burnout, physical injuries, and turn the child off to physical exercise.

Budgeting For Sports Important No Matter Child's Age

Buying clothes and supplies for back-to-school puts a strain on the family budget.  Whatever the age of their kids, sports parents not only need to find room in their budget for equipment and registration fees but also their time.

A New Parental Reality: Hoping to Cope

I am about to embark on new territory. I have never been in this position before.  I realize now, just how privileged I have been for a long time.  But with the down turn in the economy, that position of privilege has gone. 

Specifically, I have never missed my kid’s performances.  They might be in a play, a dance, a track meet, or a multitude of other athletic events.   Now, I
am missing them.  Work has forced me to leave the comforts of my virtual office, conveniently planned travel, and flexible scheduling.  When my son’s basketball schedule came out, I discovered that there was not one game that I could attend.  The thought of missing a whole season of his work hurts.

Child's Busy Schedule: Recipe for Mediocrity?

As your child heads back to school, her calendar is probably quickly filling up with school activities, sport practices and games, and that doesn't even include her social calendar or time spent on homework. Most kids these days are being pulled in a hundred different directions.  Two-time Olympic cyclist Erin Mirabella believes a child will be much happier, confident and less stressed out when she makes the decision to prioritize her activities and let some things go and that trying to do everything may be a recipe for mediocrity.

Finding Sports and Family Balance: A Progress Report

An important part of our mission at MomsTeam the past ten years has been to advocate for more balance between sports and family. It is a cause to which I have been deeply committed for many years, so much so that I devoted an entire chapter in my book, Home Team Advantage, to the subject.

Building Momentum or Snowballing?

Our youngest child is an athlete. I suppose I need to come to terms with that. Whatever sport he gets a hint of, he wants to try. Although, if you ask him, he’s a baseball player and football player. More specifically, he’s a pitcher and an outfielder, a tight-end and a defensive end or tackle. He knows his place and position in those sports.

Dreaming of Fenway

One mom tells about her sons went from running the bases with their dad on the beach to playing for seven years in the Red Sox farm system.

Are Your Kids Saying the Darndest Things?

Art Linkletter, 96, is a pioneer of talk radio who crossed over into television in the 1950's. He hosted a little show called House Party where in one segment he use to interview young children. This segment of his show was so popular that it was reproduced for television in 1998. The message Art Linkletter's timeless work offers is something we, as adults, must not forget when raising or working with children in these modern times.

On My Summer Vacation

I remember as a kid going back to school and answering this basic question: What did you do on your summer vacation?

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