5 Tips to a Better Balance Between School and Sports (PDF)

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5 Tips to a Better Balance Between School and Sports (PDF)

By Michelle Wells
Families that invest their time and energy in sports are probably already convinced of the value that kids receive from sports participation. However, the challenges of juggling several full schedules are still overwhelming at best and can exact a hefty toll on the family dynamics.

Resolving Conflicts (Video)

Most adults find conflict uncomfortable, and so do their children. But what if you could teach your children a variety of strategies for handling conflict more constructively. This video covers the options, and which ones to use at in various circumstances.

Video – Raising Selfless Children

Selflessness doesn’t come easily in our society. It requires us to turn our attention away from our own needs, against the urging of our egos and desire for self-gratification.

The Five Temptations of Youth Sport-Parents (PDF)

By David Benzel
From those experiences I have compiled the five most common temptations parents face as they navigate the deceptively dangerous waters of youth sports. I say “deceptively” dangerous because when you leave the harbor on your first Little League or Pop Warner journey, you cannot possibly see the emotional rough seas or the potential mutiny that lies ahead.

Winning Connections Newsletter – March 2018

– GRIT: The Secret Sauce of Success, If Preceded by Passion
– Bonus Video Feature: Two Faces of Character

5 Parenting Decisions that Expose Your Core Values

We all have a built-in “compass” that offers direction for decision-making. Just as a mechanical compass shows magnetic north, your internal compass reveals your True North Values. These values should be considered whenever you lead family choices. There are five crucial parenting choices observed by your children every day. Are your choices in alignment with your True North Values?

Winning Connections Newsletter – February 2018

– Teach Your Child to Do the Hard Things
– Bonus Video Feature: Prisoner, Settler, Pioneer

Conquering the Fear of Failure

By David Benzel
Fear always comes from negative thoughts. When an athlete chooses to believe in herself, and authors positive affirming thoughts every day in practice, fear is edged out and finds no place to dwell on game day.

Winning Connections Newsletter – January 2018

– What it Takes to Make a Change
– Bonus Video Feature: The ABC’s of Handling Emotions

Are You a Demanding Parent?

If you had to choose between having a child that is “smart” or a child that is “good,” which would you choose? Is it a perplexing question for you? In this context the “smart” option refers to a child’s ability to perform well. The “good” option refers to a child’s ability to behave well. Whichever is more important to you has a lot to do with the messages you send through your parenting style.