The Runaway Train

One of the perks of being a therapist involves sitting with thoughtful, intentional parents and learning through observation.  I hear stories day in and day out of how parents... wisely navigate the journey of parenting in the 21st century.  

We talk often of finding balance in the “more is better” era.   I’m grateful for films like Race to Nowhere that challenge us to slow down, and re-evaluate how we approach education, athletics, and extra-curricular activities...

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One to Watch This Year's Open…a Hero for Our Girls

Taylor Townsend is the youngest U.S. Woman to advance to the third round at the French Open since 2003.  It’s an impressive feat for an 18 year-old.  And, especially so, given that the U.S. Tennis Association tried to keep her out of the U.S. Open just two years ago until she lost weight.

What we—what our culture does to girls (and to boys) is tragic.  I am astounded to hear girls in my counseling office talk about coaches and teachers who make comments about their weight and weight restrictions still in place for a variety of sports.  We are living in a weight-obsessed society.  And we are living in a society where up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders).

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Boys & Sports: Part 2

Last time we took a look at some of the ingredients of a healthy, positive athletic experience for a young athlete, and in particular what to look for in a league and in a coach.  

There was also a video clip of a coach who didn’t have development in mind as he stepped onto the field.  Here’s a follow up, in case you are interested, to know what happened with that particular coach.  

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/02/friday-night-tykes-reality-show-coaches-suspended/  READ MORE

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Boys & Sports: Part 1

For those of you who’ve read my book, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, you know that I’m an advocate of healthy, balanced opportunities for boys to play sports.  Youth sports can be an invaluable context for boys to develop physically, emotionally and socially.  

I’m particularly grateful for wise, invested coaches who see sports as an opportunity for young men to learn skills, be active, have fun, practice sportsmanship, and most importantly to develop character.   Thankfully, there are many devoted men and women who invest in the lives of young men and student athletes in schools and leagues across the country.

And unfortunately, this kind of coach exists as well... READ MORE

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In Honor of the Olympics...Sportsmanship At It's Finest

As we gear up for the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics tonight, we prepare ourselves to watch evidence of remarkable talent from across the globe.  With athletic events, we dont always get to watch evidence of remarkable sportsmanship.  Here is an exception to the rule.  

If you missed this story on the news, it’s well worth a couple of minutes of your time.  If you caught it, it’s worth seeing again.  Be sure and share this clip with your kids.  It’s a great snapshot of humility, integrity and sportsmanship. READ MORE

 

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