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You Might Be A Sports Mom If…

I have t-shirts proudly proclaiming it and my car confirms it.   I AM A SPORTS MAMA!   You?   Then I bet some of these (or all of these) apply to you, too!   Straight from the Sports Mamas who know best,  you might be a Sports Mama if…   When you make a trip to the car wash for baseball pants and leave with a dirty car. – Stacy Elwartowski   You have 47 half-empty water bottles rolling around in your 7 passenger mobile locker room. Oh and I only have 2 kids…of my own. – Shanon Lessard     When someone asks “what’d you do this weekend” and the answer never features “slept, read a book, cleaned my house, went to the pool, etc” – Heather Hawkins    …

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10 Ideas For Daily Sports Mom Self-Care

Self-care activities can easily be added to your daily routine without changing much or adding a lot of time to your day. It’s not hard if you try to make it simple.   Let’s look at 10 simple ideas you can do to add self-care to your daily life:   Wake up Earlier  Wake up just thirty minutes earlier than normal. Make a cup of coffee or tea and go outside and breathe in a few breaths of fresh air. Alternatively, you can choose to go for a walk, read the newspaper, or read a book. It’s up to you, but don’t do anything that makes you stressed out. This is quiet time JUST FOR YOU.   Use Wait Times  Sports moms know all about wait times.   Who else…

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Episode #20 – Thank You, Sports Mom! with Peter & Sheryl Schwartz

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   “Thank you, Sports Mom!” We all know sports moms are truly the heartbeat of youth sports and so it’s time to say thank you and to celebrate all that you do.   I’m joined by Peter and Sheryl Schwartz. Peter wrote a blog post for USA Football titled, “Why My Sons Have a Special Sports Mom.”   Why Peter wrote the post and how he recognized how much Sheryl does to support their sons in their sports.   Sheryl’s tips to keep her son’s uniforms clean and white.   What Sheryl loves most about being a sports moms and the community and family that forms when your kids are in sports.   Peter shares what he loves most about Sheryl and why…

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Does Yelling Instructions Hurt My Kid?

I watch and keep my mouth shut, but honestly… it’s so. incredibly. hard.   As a sports mom (and a competitive, former college athlete) I want to share my experience.   Trap! Trap! Trap! I want to scream to my son while watching his basketball game. The opponent is dribbling straight into the corner of the court! He’s in the perfect position to be well…trapped.   And so am I.   I get trapped by my need to continue to parent, to give instruction and to be helpful when my help and instruction are no longer needed or helpful.     In fact, my attempt to help is actually hurting my athlete.   Dr. Alan Goldberg,  Sports Performance Consultant and internationally-known expert in peak performance, says this… When you offer technique,…

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Episode #19 – How Can My Athlete Discipline Disappointments?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s question: How Can My Athlete Discipline Disappointments?   I’m joined by Chas Snowden. She is a professional crossfit athlete. Chas is ranked 24th in the world in her age group and is an advocate for healthy living.   How Chas approaches her journey as a crossfit athlete.   Why you have to choose to keep working and not let yourself get stuck to keep from moving backward.   Why the joy is in the journey and why you need to enjoy the little things, the days in the gym and the grind along the way.   Chas talks about her own sports mom and why it’s important for us to check in with our athletes and make sure they are experiencing…

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Me Time Isn’t Actually Selfish

Not another self-care article.   Is that what you’re thinking?   Yes, it’s a total buzzword and it’s overused. But usually, when that happens, it’s because we collectively have a need to label and focus our energy on something.   And it’s okay.   You might have even noticed “me time” is considered a negative or selfish thing by much of society. You may feel a bit of resistance while trying to take care of yourself more. It’s a normal response in a society where we are raised on working hard and helping others BEFORE we can help ourselves. Self-care feels more like a reward for working hard than something that is vital to your health.   That simply is not true, self-care isn’t actually selfish.   Lean in, Mama!  …

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Episode # 18 – Can An App Find My Athlete A Scholarship?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s topics: Andrew’s journey as a professional athlete and all about his amazing Apps.   I’m joined by Andrew Fair. He is a professional basketball player, creator of YouthKinect and HoopKinect Apps, Author and an all-around awesome guy!   Andrew’s journey to becoming a professional athlete after suffering an injury.   How traveling for his career broadened his horizons and taught him about hard work.   How Andrew started his YouthKinect App and how the App helps high schoolers find scholarships for college.   HoopKinect App’s development and how it helps athletes find agents and teams.   Links & References:   You can connect with Andrew: www.thehoopkinect.com, YouthKinect in App Store When a Son Knows His Mother’s Heart   My name is…

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Episode #17 – How Do I Build My Athlete’s Confidence?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: How do I build my athlete’s confidence?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Coach Jenn. She’s going to share with us how she helps teen athletes build the tools, the team, and the toughness to win in school, sports and life.   What it means to be “confident” and what you should strive for.   The three elements you need to build confidence and belief: Courage, Consistency, and Confidence   The two elements of belief and emotion and how they play into confidence.   How goal, community and team, and habits can help your child enjoy their athletic journey.   Links & References:   You can connect with Coach Jenn: jenn@jennstarkey.com A League Of Your Own: Leadership…

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Simple Ways To Add Some Me Time To Your Busy Sports Mom Calendar

Sports mom confession. It can all feel so overwhelming.   Everyday life is so scheduled with activities including eight or more hours of work, child care, school, church and community activities, volunteering     And then add to all of that the demands of busy sports schedules. Plus, we still need to balance our relationships too.   So more times than not we feel we have an excuse for not having enough time to do something, especially when it comes to self-care.   For a long time, I felt like it was impossible to take care of myself while taking care of my family, keeping up with the house and running a business. You have probably felt the same way as you manage all the aspects of your busy life!…

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Create a Self-Care Survival Kit

In the back of my car (aka my portable locker room) is my Sports Mom Survival Kit. It includes things like first aid, toiletries, extra clothes, snacks, extra technology and portable sports chairs.   Basically anything I might need to survive a weekend of sports!     But it wasn’t until recently I thought about the need for a Sports Mom SELF-CARE Survival Kit.   So what the heck is it?   A Self-Care Survival Kit is a personalized box of fun things to use or do to pamper yourself. When you’re sad, stressed, or just feel like it, you can pull this box out and enjoy. The survival kit will help you loosen up, relax and reconnect with the bigger picture. And making a kit can be just as…

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