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If co-ed youth sport is a Pandora’s Box, then Game On

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

By Laura Pappano Much of the modern life has evolved -- and at breakneck pace -- but too many adults in positions of power continue to enforce a maddeningly old-fashioned mindset when it comes to young female athletes and co-ed play. I was recently contacted by a mom whose third grade daughter ...

Mom on son’s concussion: “It really affected him mentally”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

By Katie Culver The risk of getting hurt is part of playing sports. We parents of athletic children understand that. But rising awareness of concussions presents a new avenue of worry. How can we spot a concussion and what can we expect if our child suffers one? I spoke recently with ...

Sport parent wallet check: Is money driving kid’s play life?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

By Laura Pappano It’s often there in the background, points out journalist and author Mark Hyman: The financial cost of youth sports. It’s not just the equipment and the registration fees, the commemorative team photos, or recruiting videos, or the extra coaching, or hotel and travel costs for away tournaments, or…. You ...

Sport parents: Should you bribe your kid to play?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

By Katie Culver Most parents have been there: Wanting your child to try or do something so badly, knowing that she or he would just love the activity, sport, or food that you just might do anything to get them to do it…even bribery. Is bribery OK? Recently, for example, a mom bribed ...

Where are the moms? Why daughters need them coaching youth sports.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

By Emilie Liebhoff It bugs me. I drive by the fields in my town – and I only see men coaching the soccer teams.  Don’t get me wrong. It’s wonderful when dads share quality time with their daughters and sons. But where are the moms? Even in the backyard, it’s dad shooting ...

Getting Urban Girls into the Game: Dance First?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor It is the quiet story behind the high-profile victories of women’s athletics:  After thirty years of Title IX, after the superstardom of Mia Hamm, Michelle Wie, and Venus Williams, even after the advocacy of groups like the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls – especially in urban communities – are ...