Hebrews 12:1 "let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

Life is a marathon, and the journey is just as important as the destination. It matters what you do. It matters what you say. Make God smile today!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Injury TimeOut

A few weeks of not participating in a specific activity seems like a small sacrifice to adults. To kids it can seem like the end of the world. As parents it is our job to make the unpopular decisions and make sure the injury is properly cared for.

Involve the child in all of the information about the injury and explain all of the ramifications of each decision. Next month is a long way off to a child, but as adults we know how insignificant that amount of time will be in the long run.

Support, encourage and love your athlete!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Look at the world

Try a new activity sometime during the year. By doing something new you push yourself to expand your world. Sports give you a new way to look at the world. Whether it is being part of a team for the first time, or doing something by yourself for the first time, you get a new perspective.

Stretch, strengthen and savor!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Why play sports?

People play sports for a variety of reasons. Kids should play sports for a few main reasons: health, fun, and education. Learning how to move your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle is important from a young age. If it is not fun, you will not stick with it. Let your kids choose and try lots of different activities.

The goal is to have fun, learn the game and stay active. NOT winning! Keep the experience positive. And don't forget to get out there and play.......

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Field Day Awards?

Field Day is the most FUN day of the year, if it is done well. The athletic kids love the competition and place ribbons. But what about the kids who never place first, second or third? There is a life lesson to be learned about doing your best and not winning. Losing with grace is just as important as winning with grace.

Field Day should be a nice mix of competitive and non - competitive events. It is just as fun to have a water fight as it is to win a race. Great memories last forever!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pro examples?

Does your child watch pro sports? If so, you should be watching with them to make sure any inappropriate behavior can be discussed. Kids look up to the pros, and will imitate their actions and words. Remind your child that even pros make mistakes, and should be held accountable for their actions.

Watch closely for any "copycat" behavior in your child's activities. These should be addressed immediately.

The pros can be a great example for your child - of good AND bad behavior!