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Top 5 Reasons Kids Play Sports

“You want your child to be active and to have fun. Research shows that’s exactly what they want, too.

A Michigan State University study asked boys and girls aged 10 to 12 why they played sports. Here are the top five reasons they gave:

1. To have fun.
2. To do something I’m good at.
3. To improve my skills.
4. To stay in shape.
5. To get exercise.

Surprise; “winning” didn’t even make the top ten reasons.”

Read the full post here.

Three- and 4-year-olds Playing Team Sports?

“These days you can sign up your toddler for soccer, swimming, gymnastics, karate, dance, even rugby (yes, there are rugby classes for 3-year-olds). But should you? Allston Stubbs, M.D., an orthopedist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, NC, says he’s seeing more adolescents and preteens with serious overuse injuries than ever before. “They’re coming in with major shoulder, knee and hip problems, including pulled or torn ACLs. And it’s in large part due to the fact that kids are starting sports at very young ages when their bones are still developing.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine reports that in just the past ten years, there’s been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players. “Kids are starting sports too young,” says Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.”

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How to Raise Independent Kids

How do you teach self-reliance to someone you do everything for? From their preparing food to paying their bills, you do it all for your kids. One of the most important responsibilities of a parent is to bring up kids that can fend for themselves. The key is to holding them close yet allowing them to move. There is a tendency for some parents to conflate loving kids with spoon-feeding them. Parenting is an area of life where there are many possibilities and way of doing things, as long as you’re getting results.

Here are some ways we think you can raise independent kids:

1. Let them make mistakes.
Not making mistakes is the biggest mistake one can make. Let your children go through the fall on their own so they can rise without your help. Maintain a balance between being a supportive guardian and allowing the space to make mistakes they can learn from. Let them forget their lunch one day. Going through a day on an empty stomach may not be comfortable but it will force your kid to ensure he doesn’t step out of the door without checking certain boxes.

2. Teach them life skills.
There is no better way of paving a path of self-reliance than teaching your kids life skills necessary to thrive in this day and age. Regardless of how old your kid is, you can help them develop various skills. Teach your kid how to think critically and delve deep into each topic they learn. Foster their creativity and encourage them to learn the liberal arts – most importantly, language and grammar. Both girls and boys must also learn how to prepare well-balanced meals, clean their rooms and do laundry.

3. Learn to say no.
If you’re a seasoned parent, you will know how to say without saying “No!” There are many other ways of deterring kids from doing something harmful. One way is to simply explain why something may be bad for them or by letting them know that there is a better way of doing something. If do something incorrectly, show them how it’s done right. Give them facts as to why what they’re doing is not right or why they can’t have what they’re asking for. This way, they are well-informed and won’t ask for the same thing again.

4. Create a safe and supportive learning environment.
Parents, due to their intense love for their kids, oftentimes do everything for their kids to make their lives comfortable. They fail to see that each time they perform a task for their kids, they’re robbing them of a learning opportunity. In a lot of ways, one evolves into an effective parent over time. There are lessons to be learned at every stage but it’s important to remember that your job is not to do everything for your kid but to teach them how to get things done on their own. You can’t always be around for your kids to fall back on. Allow the time they spend in your loving presence to be one of learning and exploration.

What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent

“Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: “What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?”

Their overwhelming response: “The ride home from games with my parents.”

The informal survey lasted three decades, initiated by two former longtime coaches who over time became staunch advocates for the player, for the adolescent, for the child. Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC are devoted to helping adults avoid becoming a nightmare sports parent, speaking at colleges, high schools and youth leagues to more than a million athletes, coaches and parents in the last 12 years.

Those same college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame.

Their overwhelming response: “I love to watch you play.”

Read the full post here.

Getting Parents Involved at School Activities

“What’s the best way for me to stay involved in my child’s school activities?

At the beginning of the school year, attend back-to-school night or other orientation events
Get to know the teachers and other school personnel. Listen to their plans, know what they hope to accomplish with their students, and understand why they chose these goals.
Attend school events
Go to sports events and concerts, student exhibitions, parent-teacher meetings, parents’ night, and awards events, such as a “perfect attendance” breakfast.
Learn what the school offers
Read the information the school sends home, and ask to receive information in your native language if necessary. Talk to other parents to find out what programs the school offers. Maybe there’s a music program, after-school activity, sports team, or tutoring program your child would enjoy. Remember to keep track of events throughout the school year.

Attend parent organization meetings.
At most schools, a group of parents meets regularly to talk about the school. This group is usually called the PTA or PTO (Parent Teacher Association or Parent Teacher Organization). The meetings give you a good chance to talk with other parents and to work together to improve the school, as well as the chance to voice your hopes and concerns for your child and for the school. Help organize parent-teacher meetings around your interests and those of other parents. If you are unable to attend these meetings, ask that the minutes of the meetings be sent to you. Or, find out if the school makes these minutes available on its Web site.”

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15 Reason Competitive Sports Are Great For Kids

“To compete or not to compete? That really is a question when it comes to youth sports.

Why should kids compete? Is competition good for them? Is it necessary to get them prepared for their grown-up lives?

I don’t think that competition is either good or bad. It just is. Rather it is how we think about it and cope with it makes it good or bad. How much we stress the importance of competition that gives it a larger space in our lives than it deserves. And, when we place winning as the most important objective of youth sports, then competition is toxic.

I also don’t ascribe to the belief that competition sets kids up to experience the “real world.” It’s been my experience that competition is not as prevalent in the “real” world as people deem it to be. Success is not a zero-sum game. There is plenty of room for more than one person, product or company to be considered successful and the truth is the “best” is often more subjective than objective. Besides, the most useful kind of competition that I’ve experienced in my life is the competition I have within myself to be the best version of myself that I can be. No one else needs to keep score for me to measure my progress.

All of that said, I whole-heartedly believe that there is a place for competition in the lives of kids, one that can teach them tremendous life lessons.”

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8 Signs Of Being A Good Sports Parent

Mother with children (6-10) dressed in soccer uniforms

“As parents, you probably get a lot of feedback from your child after practices and games. How hot it was, how hard the drills were, how he doesn’t understand the new offense yet, or how she doesn’t like her coach.

I’ve had 21 years worth of youth sports commentary and I know that complaining and venting, as well as, “Hey Mom and Dad, guess what I did in practice today?” are to be expected from kids in sports.

But mixed in with the frustrations, complaints, and pronouncements, I’m listening for the really important stuff. These are the things I really want to hear my kids say as they play sports:

1. “I am having fun!”
I don’t care how old your child is–8 or 18–if he or she does not enjoy playing, even through the hard work, then it may be time to ask the question, “Would you rather find another activity?””

Read the full post here.

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Can’t Afford Your Kid’s Sport?

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As parents, we want to encourage our kids to dream big and to do what they love. And school sports are an excellent way to boost a child’s confidence, get in some healthy activity and even have fun as a family.

But before you sign up for Little League or the high school hockey team, it’s worth your while to think through the costs of a sport. Pay-to-play, added fees, meals at the baseball diamond, not to mention the equipment – these costs add up.

Then if your child decides to pursue a sport through non-school and travel leagues, your bank account could really take a hit.

With younger kids, cost tends to be less of an issue. But as your children get older, you may want to have conversations with them about the cost of their sport of choice. And if you’re finding your budget in a bind due to your multi-sport athlete, you may want to consider options for reducing participation costs.

Breaking Down the Costs
Costs for playing sports vary from school to school. And if your kids are playing outside of school – for a church, nonprofit league, local YMCA, or parks and recreation department team – the costs can vary even more.

Read the full post here.

Top Youth Sports Injuries

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Safe Kids Worldwide survey of emergency room visits shows more than a million times a year, or about every 25 seconds, a young athlete visits a hospital emergency room for a sports-related injury.

Occasional bumps and bruises are expected when kids play sports, but for more than 1.35 million children last year a sports-related injury was severe enough to send them to a hospital emergency department.

Sprains and strains, fractures, contusions, abrasions and concussions top the list of sports-related ER diagnoses for kids ages 6 to 19 — at a cost of more than $935 million each year, according to a report out Tuesday from the non-profit advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide.

The report, which analyzed data for 2011 and 2012, did not find a statistical difference between the two years, but is concerning — one in five kids who go to ERs for treatment of an injury is there for sports injuries, says Kate Carr, Safe Kids president and CEO.

“Far too many kids are arriving in emergency rooms for injuries that are predictable and preventable,”

Read the full post here.