Why I Could Never Be An Olympic Parent

There’s a great commercial showing during the Olympic games.I watch that and my heart catches in my throat and my eyes start to water.  It’s a series of incredibly touching images.  And it’s true, that no matter how old our children get, we’ll always see them as our babies....more

Jenny is ready to jump!

So here we go….My name is Jenny and I am crazy about this sport. After nearly 8 years of watching from the beach, following Christophe’s developments and achievements, I was being faced with constant “NO! You can't kite, you are disabled”, “It is too dangerous”, “I can't help you”, or simply just ignoring me. I finally found a group of what I now call friends in Northern Ireland who made my dream possible and linked me to the GKF and to them I am forever grateful....more

The Sandusky Trial

Where do you begin? The horror of the children, now grown, retelling of the abuse of their mentor? How do we begin to make sense of this or make sure we can stop this kind of abuse? SO MANY CHILDREN ARE WALKING AROUND SHROUDED WITH TERRIBLE SECRETS!...more

Making the Olympic Team: An Unrealized Dream

It was August 16, 2005, 151 days before the 2006 U.S. Olympic figure skating team would be announced, and my head was buried deep in a toilet bowl.  Bulimia had taken over. Again....more
What a touching story, thank you for sharing your experience, your downfalls and your strength. ...more

A Crisis of Faith: Gender-Neutral Parenting in a Gender-Obsessed World

Driving down a rural road, tears welling in my eyes, my voice scaling octaves and my hands banging the steering wheel as the breakdown I never saw coming comes barreling toward me like a freight train.I was on my way to Kohl's.  To buy running shoes.Track shoes, to be exact, for my son.  The same son we drove hundreds of miles to Kansas for the national USATF meet last year.  Shoes that same son wasn't sure he wanted....more
I shared this on the Gender Neutral Parenting Facebook page :)more

Well, it finally happened.

Today's the day I had to choose support for President Obama or my (inexplicable) lifelong allegiance to the Chicago Cubs.  While the charm of Wrigley Field, malt cups, the team's rich history, and the generations of shared misery keep Cubby fans bleeding blue year after year, there has been one thing I have always managed to look past.  It wasn't the falling pieces of stadium that sparked "tear Wrigley down" cries from non-believers a couple of years ago.  It isn't their less-than-stellar record...year after year after year....more


 When I was at school the only sports I ever enjoyed was running. I would keep on running, running & running. It was a way for me to escape everything & block the world out as my feet pounded the school field & my legs just kept on moving. ...more

Little League's First Girl

An unsung American hero played on a bittersweet field where the personal intersected sharply with the political. Thanks to her, there are now over 300,000 girls playing Little League.  ...more

Un-Sporty Spice (That's a Spice Girls reference)

I'm joining in on the NaBloPoMo fun over at BlogHer and becoming inspired to write every day!  Want to join?  Click the badge below to get started! ...more

A Toddler Sports Primer

The real explanation behind professional athletes is not necessarily innate or inherent talent. It is the ability not to kill themselves as toddlers.Baseball: Get hit in the head with a ball. Chase after it. Get distracted by the tee. Canvass the backyard clutching the bat and tee stand.Hockey: Slip and slide in socks across the kitchen floor stick tapping the tile until your brother takes you out with *his* stick. Giggle when Mom puts you both in the penalty box....more
Great List! My littlest is still a rock climber!more