Category: tweens

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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Why Bullying is NOT Just A Phase

Why Bullying is NOT Just A Phase

November 17, 2011 | Comments (5)

Today I was saddened to hear about the suicide of 10 year old Illinios resident Ashlynn Conner.  She was an honor student who hung herself in a home closet and was found by one of her siblings. All because of bullying.  She told her mom that she was being bullied – and had told 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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Recent Changes to Social Media Outlets

Recent Changes to Social Media Outlets

August 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

If you’re a Facebook junkie like me, you must have noticed that the social network giant launched some changes this week. In the name of enhanced “security,” the messages, updates and pictures that you post on your personal page can now be aimed at select audiences. In the past, you had a choice of sharing […]

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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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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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Tending the Zombie Farm

Milestones in Zombie Mothering

February 23, 2011 | Comments (4)

I not only observed their first words, their first steps, even a first petition drive, I helped my children prepare for those moments. I felt those moments. But I don’t feel quite as special for having coached my boys through their most recent milestone: harvesting brains. Yes, I have become one of those mothers, a […]

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The Sisterhood of the Pierced Ear

January 11, 2011 | Comments (6)

My daughter was ushered into a sorority yesterday: the sisterhood of the pierced ear. As I explained in a post written last September, I had originally told Zuzu that she had to be eleven — the age I was — to get her ears pierced.  But after seeing how much Zuzu wanted pierced ears, and how […]

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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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