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From Riot Grrrl to Cheer Mom

Amelia Zatik Sawyer | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Amelia Zatik Sawyer

For our family, cheerleading is something that gives our daughter pride, strength and confidence in herself -- things my days as a riot grrrl taught me as well.

A New Jewish Sleepaway Camp Focuses on Healthy Living

Sherrie Nachman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Nachman

It can be notoriously difficult to convince kids to eat their vegetables. But there is a new camp in town with precisely that goal. Camp Zeke, which is opening this summer, is promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging kids to eat better and run around more.

Early Positive Experiences = Athletes for Life

Elliott J. Hill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Elliott J. Hill

Sure I played football, baseball and basketball from an early age -- 7 or 8 -- like most kids where I lived. It taught me a lot about sport, commitment and that internal drive. But those lessons paled in comparison to what I got from those countless hours spent playing at Dottie Jordan, and the intangible gifts from Mr. Armistead, even if we didn't realize how much he was investing in our lives at the time.

Why Can't My Kid Play Sports Just For The Fun Of It?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.04.2013 | Parents

In a corner of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, in the middle of the very competitive U.S. Open, there was one spot on Saturday where no one was ke...

Ten Places Moms Wish They Could Bring a Flask

Danielle Herzog | Posted 08.19.2013 | Comedy
Danielle Herzog

Toddler soccer games. Though, this could make for a hilarious drinking game opportunity. Every time a kid watches a ball roll right past him because he's climbing on the goalie net their parent has to drink.

5 Things I Didn't Expect To Love About Competitive Sports For Kids

Leah Ariniello | Posted 06.29.2013 | Parents
Leah Ariniello

There are a number of really good reasons to have a child experience this level of competitive sports -- they just may not be the reasons you'd expect.

Do You Feel Like You're The Only Parent Spinning Out Of Control?

Andy Braner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

I believe there are steps to getting off the rat wheel of parental stress, but we all have to join together and stop trying to out perform each other. Rest. Relax. Take a Deep Breath. The world is still spinning. The sun is probably going to come up tomorrow. And everything is going to be OK.

A Lifesaving Piece Of Technology To Get Excited About, From Katie Linendoll (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

Technology isn't just fun and games. Tech expert Katie Linendoll showed me a new gadget that can save children's lives when she visited me on Mondays ...

Why I Never Let My Kids Quit... Anything

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Deciding when to let your child quit something, be it Gymboree, Little League or SAT prep, is a question that never goes away.

Ban Parents on the Sidelines?

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 10.26.2012 | Parents
Rosalyn Hoffman

Youth sports bring out the worst in parents.

Soccer Mom Soapbox

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD | Posted 10.01.2012 | Parents
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

Let me tell you about soccer. The Capri Sun flows like water after soccer games. Parents bring Pringles. And Ritz Bits. And Oreos. Sometimes Oreos and cupcakes. It is a 6-year-old's paradise.

The Most Expensive Sports Your Kids Will Quit

Credit.com | Posted 09.09.2012 | Parents
Credit.com

You buy your kids lots of things, but one of the biggest expenses can be equipment and apparel for the after-school sports they're dying to join one day and then are totally over the next.

The Pressure to Attend Every Game

Nina Badzin | Posted 08.31.2012 | Parents
Nina Badzin

I feel a sense of dread and panic if I cannot attend Sam's soccer and baseball games. Okay, exaggeration. I'm fine if I'm not the one there, but it's not an overstatement to say that I arrange the entire week around making sure that someone is there.

The Wild Soccer Bunch

Landon Donovan | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Landon Donovan

I was five when I played my first soccer game and it changed my life forever. Physical activity was always part of my childhood, as was reading. Fit minds are just as important as fit bodies, which is why I'm endorsing the Wild Soccer Bunch.

The Extracurricular Crackdown

Nina Badzin | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Nina Badzin

Watch out folks: Mama stepped out of the mini-van. You'll no longer find me driving all over town at ridiculous hours of the day chasing the newest extracurricular whim. How did I do it? I staged an extracurricular crackdown.

Group Aims To Reveal Scary Truth Of Kid Sports Injuries

AP | By NANCY ARMOUR | Posted 04.05.2012 | Parents

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kids playing contact sports are suffering too many blows to the head, and an advocacy group is calling for a "hit count" to total them...

Do We All Deserve Gold? Setting Kids Up to Fail

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2011 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Perhaps if we offered the gold, silver and bronze for actual achievements, kids would learn lessons that better served their needs as adults.

Stop Shouting at the Kids! Never Thought I'd Say That ...

Karen Latimer | Posted 12.20.2011 | Parents
Karen Latimer

Why do children's sports bring out the worst in people? What is it about the playing field that makes it OK to be openly hostile and angry toward a ten-year old?

Soccer

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.

Are Team Sports Hurting Our Children?

Darell Hammond | Posted 12.04.2011 | Parents
Darell Hammond

Seventy percent of kids give up sports entirely by age 13. When asked by Michigan State University researchers why they quit sports, kids almost universally said, "It's not fun anymore."

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.

Visualizing Victory: 9 Tools to Help Kids Achieve Success in Sports

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

If you want to support your child to reach for the gold yet celebrate the bonze -- or if your once-happy child that used to love skating or basketball no longer wants to participate -- here are nine imagination tools that can help.

Embracing An Ordinary Childhood For Your Kids

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

None of this will help them get into college -- or, sheesh, high school! But all these things will be an advantage in life -- now and later -- because they are likely to lead to happiness.

5 Signs You're Not a Sports Mom

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

I'm wondering if it's time to rethink the label "soccer mom" for myself.