Category Archives: Parents

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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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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Benefits of Implementing Physical Activity in Family Life

by Tabitha G. What is one of the biggest influences in youth development? I will give you a hint. The first word of the question should actually be Who, not What. This ‘Who’ wants more than anything to teach their youth … Continue reading

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Views from the sandbar: An Islander’s perspective on the power of positive influences

by Alex W. I have personally been a massive fan of both organized recreational sport and professional sport for as long as I can remember. I am fortunate to have been raised in a household that could afford to register … Continue reading

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Parental Involvement in Sports

By Johanna R. When observing youth in sport, one may notice parents sitting on the sidelines cheering only when a participant scores a goal. One may also observe another adult yelling furiously at a participant, referee, or coach from the … Continue reading

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Building Self-esteem Through Sport

by Caroline H. Being born into a world of crazy athletic sporty parents, it was known that they would help me build self-esteem and confidence. My mother was the head coach at Saint Mary’s University for women’s basketball and that … Continue reading

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