Category: teens

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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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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Behind The Wheel

Behind The Wheel

August 6, 2011 | Comments (2)

Cribs and Carbeds. GO-carts and Big Wheels. Skateboards and snow boards. The “L” and the bus. I can totally handle the Red Line. The 145 Express. I can even handle my guy traipsing down our city streets. We as Chicagoans must learn to navigate, it is almost a right of passage. But the car? The […]

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Dancing with Teenagers

Dancing with Teenagers

July 11, 2011 | Comments (1)

Pull, 2,3 Push, 2, 3 Twist, 2, 3 And spin! It’s never ending, this dance we do, my teen and I. Close together, twist apart. Careful not to tread on toes. Sometimes my rhythm of a peaceful waltz or mellow acoustic must accommodate the unevenness of his 21st century Pop preference. Sometimes I have to […]

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Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps

Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps

April 25, 2011 | Comments (3)

If I could stand on a mountaintop and force people to listen to me, I’d read this CNN column over and over and over again.  I read it until parents understand that girls shouldn’t look like hookers and boys shouldn’t be raised to think girls should look like hookers.  I’d print this article and send it […]

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When Breathing Might Be Best

When Breathing Might Be Best

April 14, 2011 | Comments (3)

I love bunnies. At this late point in my life, I have either forgotten or misplaced in my brain, why the Easter Bunny has its place during our Easter Celebrations. I recall that they are cute, a representation of life’s renewal process, fresh starts, and, well, bunnies hop – maybe somehow relating to how we […]

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The Blue Men with My Men

The Blue Men with My Men

April 1, 2011 | Comments (2)

I’m always on the lookout for creative plays, exhibits – anything that gives my son and I a chance to see a live performance, anything that might spark discussion, anything that will make the both of us laugh. So when we received an invite to check out the Blue Man Group with 3 complimentary tickets, I of […]

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It’s Not Over Till It’s Over …

January 13, 2011 | Comments (3)

… and it’s never over. Parenting, that is. I knew this. I really did. I have two step children who are 29 and almost 32 (and who I love dearly), so I know that the parenting gig never really ends, the issues just change. You become more of a consultant — but that doesn’t mean […]

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The Things We Do For Love

The Things We Do For Love

December 31, 2010 | Comments (2)

I have a confession. I had this entire post planned out. Really, REALLY planned out! In the planned post, I had several witty quips about how we parents will do just about anything for our beloved children. Among other things, I’ve memorized every train in the Thomas series, searched high and low for a ratty […]

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