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Should You Join the Sports Moms Movement?

There are days I don’t even want to get on social media.   You with me?   Division, discouragement and despair can run rampant in cyberspace.   But when I jump on social media and check-in with my #sportsmoms in the Sports Moms United facebook community,  I connect with the most amazing, determined and supportive women who share common ground with me…our kids play sports.   Some of our kids play for fun.   Some of our kids play to get an education.   Some of our kids are gifted.   Some of our kids are not.   But it doesn’t’ matter. What matters is we have a community of women supporting, inspiring, and sharing experiences and resources with each other with the intention of raising our athletes to be amazing human beings!   It’s my #sportsmom support group.   In the Sports Moms United facebook community,  I find my…

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3 Ways to Let Go and Let Your Kids Fight For Themselves

It’s a parental instinct to keep your kids from harm and hurt and it’s a good thing for parents to do–for a while.   As your children grow, you give them more responsibilities and privileges. They learn to drive, do their own laundry, keep up with their homework. You proudly watch them grow up, and even though you may feel like you are “letting go,” there is still that last apron string that you just can’t seem to cut.   In an effort to continue protecting, we do not let them fight their own battles.   Hang around a gymnasium, soccer field, football field, baseball or softball diamond and you will parents who struggle with this. Whether it’s a fight for playing time, a conflict with a coach, or dealing with a trash-talking teammate, parents step in to do battle, not realizing that their actions are actually hurting their kids…

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5 Can’t Miss Tips for Sports Moms

Recently, I asked a group of almost two thousand sports moms this question…   “What is the best advice you can give to another sports mom?”   Sports mama, Joy Ballard, shares the wisdom she gained while cheering on her sons in competitive sports:   Find a team to develop your son, not one that just wins. A good coach with good kids where your athlete gets to play (no matter what position he plays) because reps in games matter.     All those trophies end up in a box in your closet when they move out. They truly mean nothing to a college guy or an adult. Our oldest son played tennis and when he moved out he didn’t take them.     If your kid isn’t having fun move him back to rec play or a lower level or another team. It’s supposed to be fun. It is a…

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17 Lessons From Sports Moms Every Sports Parent Should Read

Every sports parent should read their answers because these sports mamas get it right.   What is one thing you have learned as a sports mom that you are grateful to have learned?   How to bite. my tongue. – Chelsea Colburn     Saying “I love to watch you play” really does have a magical effect. -Chris Hyde Clark     To focus on praising the effort and not the outcome – effort they can control but outcome they can’t. – Kim Davis Edwards   Allow your son or daughter to deal with talking to their coach. Always let them deal with the issue and only step in as a last resort. Especially in their high school years and if lucky their college years. -Rita Kukura     Never be Negative. -Pat Smith Snowden     These are children. Many parents haven’t figured it out; its not about them. -Shannon Lessard  …

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