Category Archives: Parents

Childhood Needs Outdoor Play

by Selina F. Some of my fondest memories as a child involve going outside to play with my sisters and cousins, and roaming about the backyard. I would make mud pies in the rain, chase around my younger sisters, and … Continue reading

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Over-involved Parents and Youth Development

by Kendra U. The term parental involvement is defined as “the amount of time a parent spends in activities with the child, and participation in relevant areas of the child’s life” (Fagen, 1996). A strong parent-child relationship has one of … Continue reading

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Negative Parental Involvement in Competitive Youth Sport: What is the Solution?

By Ryan L. As someone who has spent much of his adolescence playing competitive sport, I have witnessed a number of parents getting into altercations with coaches, officials, and even other parents. In most cases, these outraged parents had no … 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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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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