I cannot be the only one…who has been mid-argument only to stop and realize that the argument isn’t really about what the bickering is focused on, but rather something else all together. This was the case when the Hubs and I were arguing about the Sonny Boy’s upcoming T-ball schedule....more
My kids have been involved in sports since kindergarten. They have enjoyed primarily soccer, but also basketball, t-ball, and dance. Overall, all endeavors have been an amazingly gratifying experience, both for them and for myself as a parent. As a child, both myself and my husband were involved in sports from a young age. I excelled at swimming and basketball, my husband in football....more
Can we talk kids sports for a minute? It’s the Olympics after all, and those athletes likely started young. I have a love-hate relationship with kids sports. First the love – they keep kids active – and equally as important – out of the house. They help kids improve their coordination, foster their sense of teamwork, and learn the importance of healthy bodies. On the downside, they are expensive, they require you to be an on-call chauffeur, and they are a huge time suck. Oh yes, and have I mentioned the sports parents?...more
It's that time of year when our kids are playing soccer, football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, even Quidditch, which can mean tooth contact with flying balls, other kids heads and helmets, pucks and even the playing field. Over 3 million kids loose a tooth each year to some sort of sports injury and depending on their age, it can be a permanent loss....more
I was a cheerleader in high school. I wore the short skirt complete with black shiny nylon briefs (we called them "spankies," for God's sake) over my underwear to school, to class, usually three days a week, for all four years of high school and two years of junior high. I was a cheerleader every damn year, forever and ever. And when I heard today a high school banned its own cheerleaders' short skirts from class, I was happy about it.
Not for the reason you'd think....more
1. Do Yoga with Your Child. Kids love to be active and play with an adult, especially when it involves playing on the ground and twisting bodies up. There are multiple ‘partner poses’ in yoga that create a great jumping off point for doing this practice together. ...more
In December, I got an email from a professor asking if any students were interested in coaching basketball teams for the YMCA near our school. I won’t say that I jumped at the opportunity, but I thought about it for a while and decided that it sounded like something that I would be able to squeeze into my schedule and that I’d really enjoy being a part of. So in January, I began spending 2 hours a week with a bunch of 7 and 8 year old girls.
Related to my somewhat recent post about mothering in front of one's mother, while at several different kid sporting events today, I had occasion to reflect on something similar. It's not just my mother who is watching me. My kids are laser focused on me while I'm at their sporting events. And not just me, but every other parent there, and particularly parent-shaped coaches (my kids are young enough that all their coaches are parents of a player on their teams.)...more
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