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Greetings to those who read my piece in the USA Today and went looking for my blog.  I originally wrote the Hooters post a  few weeks ago and it is buried in my archives, but I’ll save you the scrolling and put it Here.  Below is the picture:

The Hooters picture.  My son is the one on the right.

The Hooters picture. My son is the one on the right.

But don’t believe the hype.  Blogging about red meat topics like Hooters is not what I usually do.  For those of you in the market for some interesting parenting stories and lessons about raising infants up to pre-teens, I have compiled my Greatest Hits with a thumbnail description culled from my 40+ posts in the past three months:

1) The time I had my kids talk to their great-grandpa about the Great Depression.

2) How to reduce your child’s crying

3) How hard to push your child into competitive sports

4) How to win the discipline war with your kids

5) Why a 10-year-old needs a cellphone

6) Using chores and allowance to instill a work ethic and saving money.

7) Dump your stroller

8.) Two simple tests you can run on your 4-year-old that researchers believe are keys to future success here and here. Also, looking for clues in the crib.

9) The key to being an effective parent.

10) What Happens when even good parenting isn’t enough

11) Kids, Videogames and self-control

12) Peeing in a trashcan. One of my favorite funny stories.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog, and leave a comment if the mood strikes you.  If you work your way through my grammatical errors and weak lines of argument, and sift out a nugget of two of useful information to apply to your own children, then I am happy.

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Gut check before the collision

Gut check before the collision

In my community, seven year old children conditioned by their parents to be polite, share their Matchbox cars, and not to hit anybody under any circumstances are eligible to begin playing the violent sport of footballMost of the so-called “anklebiters” don’t have sufficient aggression or bad intentions to charge ahead and flatten the other guy, no matter how loud the coach yells at them to do it.  Therefore, the most urgent task of the anklebiter coach– if they are to have any hope of success on the field come the start of the regular season September—is to transform his recent graduates of the first grade into a team of little assassins who can take and deliver The Big Hit. The first drill every anklebiter coach runs involves placing two players about three feet apart and forcing them to run at each other, causing a collision. The coach and the assistant coach stand at the anticipated point of impact to ensure that scared kids can’t avoid the hit by running out of bounds.

As a parent who fondly remembers his 11-year-old son running that basic drill three years ago and this year is watching his second son go through his initiation, I see the initial reluctance and fear of 80 percent of kids to hit each other as gratifying evidence of the innocence of youth. I know that someday in the not-too-distant future, my children will learn about teenage street gangs, watch kids pick on each other mercilessly, witness schoolyard fights, and learn that the world can be a violent place.

That is why watching an exasperated football coach shake his head and look down at the ground because his scared, little players won’t hit each other is a touching moment that will pass all too soon.

Little kids hitting each other is what anklebiter football is all about.

Little kids hitting each other is what anklebiter football is all about.

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