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Sports Parenting

10 Signs You Are Coddling Your Young Athlete

Janis B. Meredith | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Janis B. Meredith

Are you guilty of coddling your young athlete? It might be time for a sports parent self-assessment. Here are 10 signs you should not ignore.

NFL Star Takes Away His Sons' Participation Trophies

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.17.2015 | Sports

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The 4th of July Shock Jock

Fred Engh | Posted 06.30.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

So there I was at the Baltimore airport on my way to my 4th of July weekend vacation. I look at my phone and there's a message from an area code that I wasn't used to seeing. So on my way to the baggage claim I decided out of curiosity to call the number. Oh how I wish I hadn't.

What to Ask the League Before Your Kid Signs Up

Fred Engh | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

Perhaps these questions will help ensure that your child will have a positive experience in a league that meets their needs and interests, rather than a negative experience in a league that doesn't suit them.

A Tragedy That Never Should Have Happened

Fred Engh | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

A few years ago, I was asked by the ABC television news show 20/20 to be interviewed about issues involving safety in youth sports. They were doing a report on the heartbreaking story of a child who began playing baseball in the first grade.

15 Reason Competitive Sports Are Great For Kids (That Have Nothing to Do With Winning)

Anne Josephson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Anne Josephson

I don't think that competition is either good or bad. It just is. Rather it is how we think about it and cope with it makes it good or bad. How much we stress the importance of competition that gives it a larger space in our lives than it deserves.

The Ugly Parent in All of Us

Fred Engh | Posted 05.06.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

Sports for kids would be a great experience if parents could control their emotions, but that is like asking a person who has never been skiing before to just relax as they look straight down from the top of the mountain. Relaxing just isn't in the cards.

Youth Sports: A System In Dire Need Of Direction

Rick Wolff | Posted 05.12.2015 | Sports
Rick Wolff

When a sport is transformed into a highly competitive, win-at-all-costs activity, with one's parents foaming at the mouth while yelling at refs, who wants to play anymore?

Parental Athletic Dreams Can Become Youth Sports Nightmares

John O’Sullivan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Sports
John O’Sullivan

All too often these days, sports are not a positive, rewarding experience for our children. There are numerous kids for whom early sport specialization and inappropriate adult-centered environments lead not to elite athletic performance, but to physical and emotional scars that may last a lifetime.

Why Sports Mean So Much To Families Today: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Dr. Patrick J. Cohn | Posted 05.10.2015 | Sports
Dr. Patrick J. Cohn

When parents place their kids in organized sports early on, they start with the right reasons. They hope their kids become more physically fit. They often want their kids to meet friends or learn to be part of a team. But eventually their kids' participation in sports morphs into other motives.

9 Reasons Why Sports Are Valuable For Our Children To Play

Janis B. Meredith | Posted 05.04.2015 | Sports
Janis B. Meredith

We've been hearing for years that youth sports build character, persistence and teamwork. I'd like to get a bit deeper and explain nine very specific reasons why I am glad my three 20-something kids played sports from preschool through college.

12 Ways to Be a Happier Sports Parent in 2015

Anne Josephson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Anne Josephson

Enjoy watching your children's joy in doing their sport, not in your children's achievement within it. Assess your circle of sports parent friends. Take care of yourself.

It's Not Just Words: 10 Smart Word Choices of Smart Athletes

Anne Josephson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Anne Josephson

If parents keep reinforcing to their child that her pursuit of excellence in a sport is a sacrifice their child is making instead of a decision she is making, what effect is that likely to have on the child's attitude?

A Dangerous Dozen: Misguided Ideas of Well-Meaning Sports Parents

Anne Josephson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Anne Josephson

Kids like Johnny and Jenny are clearly devoted to their sports. But they are not the only ones who are committed: so are their parents.

Youth Sports World Is Insane

Ken Reed | Posted 03.12.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As a whole, our youth sports system is broken. As the country's performance culture increasingly focuses on the development of elite athletes at the youth sports level, our kids are burning out emotionally at a greater clip and at an earlier age.

Results Matter, But to Get Them, Ignore Them

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.17.2014 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Of course, you need good results to be successful, but the question is how to go about getting those results and, ironically, the answer is not what parents, coaches, and athletes often think.

WATCH: Hockey Dad Nets Jail Time For Tripping Player

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.27.2013 | Sports

A Canadian youth league hockey coach who tripped a player in the handshake line got sent to the real-world penalty box: jail. Martin Tremblay, who...

Observations From the Stands -- Sports Parenting From One Mother's Point of View

Emily Franklin | Posted 05.08.2012 | Parents
Emily Franklin

It is my hope as a parent that I am raising my children to enjoy both team sports and independent pursuits. I believe the glory of being on the field and off should not rely on my watching.


Nikki Mark | Posted 12.05.2011 | Parents
Nikki Mark

Lesson learned. Typical jugglers, which include working moms, could all probably benefit from enjoying moments of life that really don't require us to be in control.

The Making of a Champion

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.26.2011 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

I was asked recently by a sports parent, "What does it take to make a champion?" I thought for a moment and then responded with three words: "Genes, motivation, and support." So let's explore these three essential components to athletic success.