4th Grade is Too Late To Start a Sport. Seriously?!

My son Josh signed up to play Pony League baseball in fourth grade.  His best friend from church, Sammy, talked him into it.  Sammy, a very athletic child, had already been playing baseball for a few seasons.  Josh, on the other hand, was brand new to the game.  It quickly became apparent that at age 9, it was much too late to start a new sport....more
Even though I am a "pro" sports parent, I don't think that kids need to be experts or at all ... more

Getting Organized for 2013? There's An App For That!

The new year is here, and for many of us that means that it's time to reflect on ways to start fresh and finally get those house/family/health/money issues under control. Never fear, there's probably an app for that these days, and that's what we want to explore in this week's poll....more
@Karen Ballum Love me some Evernote, too! more

Why Don't More Women Watch Women's Sports?

(Editor's Note: The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State recently took a look at why women don't watch more women's sports - a topic that perplexes female athletes as well as executives who run women's sports leagues....more
I find it interesting that among my daughter's teammates, few of the girls actually watch sports ... more

DIY Tech Gloves with Conductive Thread

I do not have fancy tech savy gloves.I am just far too cheap to purchase them as I am the type to set things down and walk away.If I have accidentally left a child behind, gloves are the last of my worries.Be nice, I have only done it once...Fortunately for me it was at a city trunk-or-treat and there were multiple policemen there.Unfortunately for me it was at a city trunk-or-treat and there were multiple policemen there.So, even though I don't have fancy tech gloves, I do have this:...more
You are a genius! I buy those cheapo Target gloves all the time because I lose gloves and ... more

Support National Girls and Women in Sports Day February 1 #NGWSD

It is the first Wednesday in February which means it's time to honor the athletic successes of women and girls in your community. The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) is celebrating the 26th National Girls and Women in Sports Day February 1, 2012. This year's theme: "Title IX at 40: In it for the Long Run."Around the country sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents create interactive events to raise the profile of women in sport....more
I celebrated @NGWSD by watching my daughter play hockey and blogging about my own personal ... more

Keeping Your Dog at a Healthy Weight

Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is key to a happy and long life. It is especially important when it comes to small dogs like Toby, because their little frames can't hold additional weight....more
I find it much easier to keep the dog at a healthy weight then to keep myself there! Maybe if I ... more

Setting 2012 Reading Challenges and Goals

This is one of my favorite times of the year. As 2011 is winding down I'm looking back at the books I read in 2011, the goals I made and thinking about what I'm hoping for in my 2012 reading year. Yes, I am talking reading challenges and goals and I'm absolutely giddy about it. ...more
Every year, I set a goal to read 50 books. Last year, I only read 26, an all-time low in the 6 ... more

An Open Letter to the Mothers of the Boys Assaulted by Jerry Sandusky *

To the mothers of the boys assaulted by Jerry Sandusky, First, I want to say I'm so sorry that your sons were used as entertainment for a sick man. I'm sorry for the pain they have suffered, and I'm sorry that it took so long for this situation to come to light. I'm sorry for all your pain and sadness, too. Sadly, I know your struggle. But I assure you that facing the devil and exposing this coverup will save other children and give you a strength you've never known was inside you....more
It's sad that so many people make this story about football when that should be the farthest ... more

The Tradition of Early Morning Hockey

The tradition of early morning hockey is a staple of our fall and winter routine. You wake at the crack of dawn, bundle up, grab the mountainous bag of equipment, and enjoy the cold drive to the rink. It is this early morning wake-up which is torturous for my little seven-year old who would prefer to sleep in the comfort of his warm bed. At six o'clock on Saturday morning I slowly rustle him out of bed. The tears begin to stream, he rolls back into bed. "I don't want to go! I'm so tired!" ...more
When my oldest signed up for hockey as a 6 year old, our very first skate was at 6 AM, on a rink ... more

The Pumpkin Spice Latte Smackdown

About two weeks ago, I stopped by Starbucks on my way to work and ordered a Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL).  Since I like my coffee burning hot and needed an immediate caffeine jolt to jump-start my morning, I took a drink while I was driving off and waited for the immense taste sensation to wash over me. ...more
You need to come up here to the Midwest and sample a Biggby Coffee Pumpkin Spice Latte. Better ... more