The 5 Temptations of a Youth Sport Parent (PDF)

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The 5 Temptations of a Youth Sport Parent (PDF)

By David Benzel
Somewhere between first introducing your child to sports and enthusiastically pursuing team participation, there lies a great temptation that beckons to most parents. It plays out as an internal battle between judging your child’s sports experience or simply enjoying the journey.

What Can Cinderella Teach Your Athlete About Humility? (PDF)

By Michelle Wells, Guest Contributor
Risky as it may be to identify humility in yourself, we all know and recognize when we see it in someone else – and it is hard to ignore. Not to be mistaken for a lack of self-confidence or a wimpiness, humility is a rare but valuable quality that hints at gratitude, assurance, and depth of character.

Are Your Child’s Life Accounts in Balance? (PDF)

By David Benzel
Life accounts can easily get “out of whack,” and at times demand a concerted effort to regain balance. Learning to manage all of the different areas of life is – well – a lifelong journey.

Video: 3 Tips From the Parents of Christian Pulisic

As some parents get more intense about sports, another approach has yielded amazing results.

Teach Your Athlete 3 Truths About Change (PDF)

Change usually happens in one of two ways: 1. You initiate a change or 2. Change is thrust upon you. As you probably guessed, it is a bit easier to accept when you initiate it. Unfortunately, you are not always given that option. The opportunity that you do have, however, is how you respond to change.

Video: 3 Simple Truths From an Olympic Journey

Gwen Jorgenson Olympic journey contains three simple truths that all young athletes can learn from. And she’s not done yet!

5 True, Must-See Movies to Watch with Your Young Athlete

By David Benzel
It’s hard to deny the power of a captivating story, told well. Perhaps, that is why movie nights are such a great pastime and memory maker for so many families. Watching a true story with a compelling message can open a door to a unique teaching moment between parents and their kids.

Athletes Create the Right Resolutions by Answering These 3 Questions (PDF)

by Michelle Wells
For those naysayers who feel that New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail before January is even over, let me suggest that success with resolutions and goal setting has a lot to do with how you go about creating the right ones.

Video: 3 Tips for Teaching Courage

In her book, “Courage to Soar” Simone says, “You might be blessed with some talent but in order to reach your goals you have to have the courage to go after them.” So, let’s talk about 3 ways you can help your athlete learn to be courageous.

Help Your Kids Stand Out in a Sea of Siblings (PDF)

Playing second fiddle… Being the understudy… Assigned to second string … Low man on the totem pole…
None of these phrases evoke a sense of confidence. In fact, they all imply being second best. Yet this might be how one or more of your kids feel if they are in the shadow of a sibling who is a Rockstar-athlete.