Sports Mom

Episode #40: What Type of Sports Parent are YOU?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: We have all sat by a crazy sports parent in the stands and thought “Whew..I’m glad I don’t’ act that way”. But I’m guessing if we are honest WE HAVE all acted that way a time or two. It’s easy to get caught up in our emotions. So how do we hit pause and reform those behaviors that are not serving us or our athletes? In today’s huddle, I talk with Nick Buonocore from The Reformed Sports Parent. We get real and raw about how to take a step back to assess our own behaviors and more importantly our own hearts. Nick and I discuss… Who he is, what he does and why he does it. Why he started The Reformed Sports Parent platform and when he realized he needed to change his own approach to sports parenting. How getting vulnerable with his…

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When You Feel Like Sending That Angry Email, Think Twice

When the basketball season ended badly for my high school senior son, I loaded up my verbal arsenal and sat down to write a very powerful email to his coach. I worked and re-worked it until finally, it sounded just right–brutally to-the-point with a touch of self-control. But it never got further than my draft folder. That’s happened to me a lot over the years. I’ve written a very loaded email, with every intention of letting the coach know just how I felt about something, and then for one reason or another, I let it sit, and sit, and sit, not quite ready to push send. That was probably the smartest thing I could have done. Let it sit. And now I can tell you why it is a very good idea to let those emails penned out of frustration sit eternally in your draft folder. Reason #1: It could…

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Episode #38: Is Yelling and Screaming at Athletes the Best Way to Coach or Parent?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Does yelling at athletes prepare them well for the world after sports? Does it really “toughen them up”? Is this the best way to coach/parent? In today’s huddle, I bring back J.P. Nerbun, a mentor, writer, coach, and sports consultant who is, most importantly, I am a husband and father. We talk about what happens when we lead with love, both as a coach and parent, and some practical ways we can change the default response from yelling and screaming to setting high standards and leading with love. JP and I discuss… Who he is, what he does and why he does it. Are we asking the right questions about how we coach and parent? And what are those questions we should be asking ourselves? How our brains work and how we can help our kids/athletes to use their WHOLE brain. Why we…

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Get Your Tissues Ready, Sports Mamas

There are only a few times in life when you come across something spectacular, something that completely blows you away. Last night was that kind of night for my son, Ryan, his team, the Misfits, and me. Let me introduce Ryan to you.   My son, Ryan, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia at the age of three (he is now 11 and is going on 5 1/2 years of being Cancer Free!) Ryan loves baseball and plays on an 11u Select Travel Baseball Team, the Misfits. This is Ryan’s first year released to play any sport he chooses and well, Ryan loves baseball, so of course, his pick was BASEBALL. So this momma went hunting for something that would fit Ryan. I came across Dugout Sports advertising tryouts for a select team I said: “what the hell let’s try.”  Ryan was chosen to be on the team coached by…

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