A Lesson in Karma and Sportsmanship

I try as hard as I can to teach my children to be kind to people.  To be nice to others, even if they don't particularly like them.  To demonstrate good sportsmanship.  I just wish that all the parents out there, and by extension, all the coaches, felt the same way.I wish that people wouldn't get these illusions in their heads that their child is going to be the next starting pitcher in the major leagues or play on an Olympic soccer team when they are 3 years ...more

Fabulous. Good for her. Now send some of that karma down to my son/hubby's team, ...more

I'm Okay with Being a Soccer Mom

Last year, we realized that if our ten-year-old was going to continue to play soccer, he would need the more focused, professional coaching that comes at the competitive club level as opposed to recreation leagues with parent coaches. In club leagues, you typically pay for a professional coach who teaches more than just the basic rules of the game and good sportsmanship - they teach individual skills, athletic conditioning, game strategy and team development. It’s a big commitment, both in money and time. ...more

I have three boys but only one who is old enough to play sports competitively at this point. The ...more

Why I Hope My Girls Will Play Sports

My husband and I hope to have a pair of kids down the road. If one or more turns out to be a girl, you can bet I’ll be looking to put them in soccer as soon as they turn four. I started playing soccer when I was four, shortly after my dance instructors told my parents I was better suited for something that allowed me to run wild. While I don’t really remember the few dance lessons I took, I do remember my first day of soccer, asking for the number one for my jersey and when that was taken, asking for four, since I was four years old. ...more

My parents put me in sports when I was young, and I agree that is was an incredible experience ...more

Wide World of Sports and Autism

Kids on the spectrum generally have a hard time playing sports. My daughter was a late walker. She didn't start walking until she was over 19 months old. According to the physical therapist we were seeing, her core muscles were weak which is what caused the delay. At the time, nobody suspected autism. One physical therapist told us that this will always be an issue, but if we got her involved in things like swimming, dance, or gymnastics, it can make a huge difference! ...more

When Parents Encourage -- or Not (Sweetie)

Last Saturday, we drove to a different part of town for Sam's soccer game. Per the coach's instructions, we arrived a little early so the team could warm up beforehand. Apparently, they needed to work on important athletic skills like not screaming "Monkey nuts!" when the other team gets a goal. Or maybe it was passing, I'm not quite sure. ...more

We've had a at least one of our boys try baseball, basketball, football and soccer and there is ...more

My Monkey Artist

My Monkey wants to be an artist.  Inspired by her Grams, she has found something that brings her great joy.  To to be honest, she is pretty darn good at it.  The question now is where do we go from here?  Maybe an art class?...more

Girls Kick: Moving the Media's World Cup Goal Posts

by Ariel DoughertyFrom On The Issues MagazineThe World Cup coverage by ESPN (and ABC) washed over the U.S. this summer like a fever — a month long homage to the universal sport as played by men....more

When to Take the First Swing: Organized Youth Sports

Nota Bene: Mama's got a work deadline this week. So, after much negotiating, pleading and persuading, Dear Husband agreed to guest post for me this week. Maybe just today, maybe through Wednesday, but you just might see some Fatherly Advice on Friday....more

World Cup Widow