Monthly Archives: November 2016

Let Them Be Bored

by Amanda K. Today, parents are doing everything in their power to ensure their children are preoccupied at all times. Children are being introduced to technology such as television and electronic devices at a young age in effort to keep … Continue reading

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Barbells and Babies

By Kelsie P. ‘CrossFit’. By simply hearing the word, an abundance of stigmas, fallacies and negative connotations about the sport jump to the forefront. Inaccurate generalizations such as “CrossFit is a cult” or “CrossFit is dangerous” are quick to spring … Continue reading

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How helicopter parenting can affect youth development

by Dexter P. Everywhere we look now a days it seems as though you can see an example of over parenting. Whether it is a parent at the park constantly telling their kid to “be careful”, or a parent constantly … Continue reading

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Mom, I don’t want to become a pro, chill.

Bess T I want to talk about my experience with parents who believe their child is going to become a professional athlete.  This is something that I experienced as a child; I experience it now as a coach; and I … Continue reading

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Meditation Instead of Detention

by Meghan O. In our normal school system, when a student misbehaves, they are usually sent directly to detention. Typically, this means sitting in a classroom and watching the clock tick by as frustration continues to build. In detention, you are … Continue reading

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Lawnmower parent: are parents doing too much for their child?

by Jessica W. Every parent wants the best for their child. Children whose parents are highly involved in their lives by providing developmentally appropriate structure have better academic, emotional and social outcomes. They also have more positive peer relationships and … Continue reading

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Being the best, but at what cost: The disadvantages of early single sport specialization

by Megan C. Over the years, society has created an environment where early sport specialization is not only accepted but encouraged. Having a three-year-old son, I have noticed firsthand the pressure placed on a child, at a young age, to … Continue reading

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