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Kids and Sports

How We've Ruined Sports And Other Joyful Things

Cort Ruddy | Posted 09.16.2016 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

Along a sidewalk and a row of ornamental trees separating a parking lot from an expanse of green fields, parents stood and squatted against trees and paced, waiting. After three days of tryouts, cut day had arrived.

My Son Didn't Start Today, And I Couldn't Be Prouder

Chris Fore | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Chris Fore

Parents, your kids will be fine if they don't start -- as long as you're fine! For the first time my son didn't start today, and I couldn't have been prouder. He was the only one on the bench standing and cheering for his teammates.

Husband and I Disagree on Having Son Try Soccer

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

it's important that we gently expose our kids to a few activities they might not have thought of. It's not necessary to force children to participate in an activity

Why I Asked My Sons To Turn Off The Game

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 05.01.2016 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

Growing up in Queens, New York, I played softball at P.S. 144 with "Killer Conlon," whose mother coached, hurling a litany of expletives and wayward cigarettes at all bad calls -- and plays. Only the winners walked off with the hardware.

How Parents Can Be the Ultimate Spoilsports

Dr. Wendy Rice | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Wendy Rice

You cannot give or praise your children into having good self-esteem. You can, however, support them in a loving, positive way while they find their own path to those good feelings about their own abilities and character.

What Schools And Sports Organizations Can Do To Prevent ACL Tears

Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN NEW YORK Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:01pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Doctors who work with schools and sports organizations should encourag...

Gearing Up For The Super Bowl With Your Kids

Posted 01.31.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: Super Bowl XLVIII Story to read: NFL's Super Bowl History...

Lisa Belkin

12 Lessons From Moms Who Raised Olympians For All Of Us | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

It’s been 22 years since I started noticing Olympic Moms. It's not a coincidence that that’s around the time I became a mother myself. Until then,...

Moms, Sports Have Their Benefits!

Anjali Varma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anjali Varma

Although it has taken time for me to adjust to a world of 24-7 sports, I have realized that there are many educational, physical and emotional benefits to my children's love of sports.

When Winning Is a Crime

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lois Alter Mark

As team mom for both my kids' teams, I was constantly spouting lessons about success only being achieved by hard work and practice. But, as we watched big-name player after big-name player face accusations of PED use -- with few consequences -- I could see I was losing my audience.

6 Words You Should Say Today

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did.

An Important Reminder To All Kids This Back To School Season

Posted 07.14.2016 | Parents

No goal is too ridiculous to tackle. Just ask a toddler. Via Reddit Have you sent your kids back to school? Show us a picture of their first...

The Sports Gene And Why Parents Need To Relax A Little

Tom Farrey | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Tom Farrey

Publicly, athletes often attribute their success to effort above all else. It's what sells on Madison Ave. No one wants to hear the playing field is not level - it muddies the message, certainly the one parents like me constantly try to convince our children of, that life is what you make of it. But in the rarified arenas of sport, of competition through physical expression, I know this isn't true.

Kids and Team Sports: Should Parents Push Their Children to Play?

John McCormick | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

For me, spring begins when the air fills with the crack of the bat or the snap of a ball hitting a glove. It begins in February, when baseball spring training gets underway. As a parent, my real joy comes from watching Little Leaguers play. I can't wait to root for my kids on the ball field.

WATCH: Fearless Little Boy Will Make Your Day Better

Posted 10.04.2012 | Parents

"I'm doing it! I did it, dad! I loved it!" The opening of of 4-year-old Malcolm's mountain biking video diary is so endearing, you'd be forgiven fo...

Dear Soccer Dad

John Willey | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
John Willey

I hope you are enjoying seeing little Billy run around the field with his little soccer ball. I noticed one thing, though; you seem to have a lot to say, whether it's to me, the other parents, or the coaches. I kindly request that you shut your trap.

Marc Lamont Hill

LIVE DISCUSSION: From Class Trips To Recruiting Trips... Is Athletics Stealing Our Students? | Marc Lamont Hill | Posted 07.05.2012 | Sports

The most talented young athletes can be recruited now for college sports and a career in the limelight as early as the seventh grade. They can seal th...

'My Son Refuses To Play Team Sports'

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.09.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, I want my son to play team sports like I did so he will develop self esteem, but he doesn't want to. He played basketball and soccer un...

Confessions of a Fanatical Sports Dad

Gordon Marino | Posted 10.02.2011 | Parents
Gordon Marino

Take it from a former Tiger dad, there are serious emotional risks to the intense parent/coach relationship. With the sign-up for fall sports but a few weeks away, permit me to flag a couple obstacles that I stumbled over.

6-Year-Old Girl Sinks Hole In One

Yahoo! News | AP – 33 Mins Ago | Posted 09.11.2011 | Women

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- A 6-year-old golfer sank a hole in one on a course in central Illinois and calmly walked back to her cart. Why such a qui...