Category: girls

Driving Towards Self-Confidence

Driving Towards Self-Confidence

January 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

When our girls arrive at a driving range to hit balls, people look at them with the “isn’t that cute” look.  I agree that it is really cute to see them carrying their golf bags as they head towards the practice mats.  I saw that look again when we arrived at the covered sports dome […]

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The Value of your Day or Evening Sitter

The Value of your Day or Evening Sitter

January 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

I am willing to bet that most of you reading this blog article have never quite realized the significant role your sitters can play in contributing to the athletic development of your daughters (and sons of course).  I am confident that after you read through, you will begin to think of your day and/or evening […]

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Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

December 10, 2011 | Comments (1)

The great Joe Paterno once opined that while we can’t minimize the importance of pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind,  “confidence is the key to all the locks.”  So I was talking with a five-year-old girl today who had just returned from an hour tennis lesson. During the course of our conversation, I asked her […]

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When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

November 18, 2011 | Comments (1)

I watched the memorial services for 10-year-old  Ashlynn Conner on the mid-day news.  I stared at the screen for the few seconds the story ran and thought, “She could be one of my girls.” According to news reports Ashlynn killed herself after the teasing and bullying from her classmates became unbearable.  When you see her photo, […]

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Helping your Athlete with Time Management

Helping your Athlete with Time Management

November 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

  Does your daughter’s typical day look something like this?   SCHOOL – SPORTS – BED       SCHOOL-SPORTS-BED         SCHOOL-SPORTS-BED   Oh yes, with meals and maybe a birthday party squeezed in at times between.   If so, do you worry about finding the time to teach them responsibility, life skills that will shape their character? Of […]

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Girls Sports - A Link to World Peace???

Girls Sports – A Link to World Peace???

October 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

Sports have long been thought of as a vehicle that permits us to rise above differences.  And they do. Many have even gone as far as advocating that sports can cure all that ails relating to intolerance, violence and crisis in our world. I’m not sure I can go that far, but I do feel […]

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Top 10 Character Traits to Instill in our Young Athletes

Top 10 Character Traits to Instill in our Young Athletes

October 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

After informally surveying approximately 50 individuals, including athletic parents, collegiate athletes and coaches from all different sports and levels, these were the top 10 lessons to emphasize and pass down to our young athletes. 1)   Do your best; No one can ask you anything more than to give it your all. 2)   Train hard and […]

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The Debate Re: Downsizing Equipment & Fields When Teaching Sports To Our 10 & Under

The Debate Re: Downsizing Equipment & Fields When Teaching Sports To Our 10 & Under

September 16, 2011 | Comments (3)

  “Kid sized” fields, courts and sports equipment is the growing trend when it comes to instructing kids 10 and under. Smaller fields and balls for soccer, lowered hoops and smaller, lighter balls for basketball, t-ball as a precursor to softball or baseball, and so on.   Now even the United States Tennis Association (USTA) […]

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8 Ways Parents Can Enjoy Sports With Their Daughters (and sons too)

8 Ways Parents Can Enjoy Sports With Their Daughters (and sons too)

September 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

Parents often wonder how they can encourage their young daughters to become active in sports and fitness activities. With all of the recent attention to the substantial benefits derived from participation in sports, moms and dads are more eager than ever to assure that their daughters are involved. But how do you encourage your daughter […]

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Our Computer Summer

Our Computer Summer

June 25, 2011 | Comments (5)

I was casually chatting with our girls’ first grade teacher about their assessment scores.  There seemed to be a discrepancy between the three different assessment tests they take each semester, with one test lower than the others.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was different enough that I wondered why she thought it happened.  She said, […]

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Baby's 2nd Haircut

Baby’s 2nd Haircut

June 17, 2011 | Comments (1)

My baby girl, Chiara, had her first haircut ever at a manly man’s barber shop. She was all smiles for that first haircut – perhaps because she was busy watching her big brother get his haircut at the very same time. A couple months later, for her second haircut, I brought her to a fancier salon. But […]

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The Bus Is Getting Scary

The Bus Is Getting Scary

May 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

Where I live, I know a lot of people who have issues with the school buses. For preschool, it wasn’t a problem because … they’re preschoolers. Come elementary school, though, the third graders or fifth graders or sometimes the younger kids cause a whole lot of problems. Knowing that, I was happy in a way […]

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