Blog Posts - Character Building



Your Child’s Back-to-School-Sports Check List

This post is sponsored by TeamSnap, a company that does its very best to make back to school sports as easy as possible by providing the best tools to help teams and parents run their organizations smoothly. There’s a lot of things to remember...
by jbmthinks on Aug 19, 2016

Do You Care if Your Child Cooperates and Shows Teamwork? Here’s Why You Should!

Teamwork is a must in youth sports. And if your child is not learning it, then ask yourself why and do something to change that. Teamwork is huge because it’s one of those characteristics that will affect how your child relates to and works wit...
by jbmthinks on Dec 21, 2015

10 Negative Thoughts Holding You and Your Child Back

Negative Thoughts are hard to ignore. They affect all areas of our lives, and when it comes to youth sports, it seems parents are especially susceptible to it. Author Steven Covey says that “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change any...
by jbmthinks on Dec 7, 2015

12 Negative Thoughts Holding You and Your Child Back

Negative Thoughts are hard to ignore. They affect all areas of our lives, and when it comes to youth sports, it seems parents are especially susceptible to it. Author Steven Covey says that “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change any...
by jbmthinks on Dec 7, 2015

3 Reasons It’s Okay Not to Like Your Child’s Coach

Yes, you read that right. You don’t have to like your child’s coach.  You don’t have to like the coach’s style, defensive strategy, or offensive game plan.  A coach can totally rub you the wrong way, and you may not even be able to pinpoint...
by jbmthinks on Dec 4, 2015

One Good Reason For Quitting Youth Sports

Quitting youth sports is not something I would usually go around recommending because I love it so much and believe it can teach kids so much, but there’s an exception to every rule and here’s one reason why I’d advise it for your c...
by jbmthinks on Nov 9, 2015

6 Steps to Help Your Athlete Stay on Top of His Game

Helping your young athlete play his best and be at the top of his game goes way beyond what’s happening on the field, court, green, ice, or in the pool. It boils down to focus, and the things in your child’s life that distract her from doing her...
by jbmthinks on Jul 6, 2015

2 Key Ways to Invest in Kids Playing Sports

Are you fully investing yourself in your child’s youth sports experience? As sports parents, it’s easy to coast through youth sports. Go to the games, volunteer your time, write the checks–yes you are enjoying the experience of kids playing...
by jbmthinks on Jun 22, 2015

2 Key Ways to Invest in Your Child’s Youth Sports Experience

Are you fully investing yourself in your child’s youth sports experience? As sports parents, it’s easy to coast through youth sports. Go to the games, volunteer your time, write the checks–yes you are enjoying the experience, but at the sam...
by jbmthinks on Jun 22, 2015

Motivation: 5 Ways That Don’t Work with Young Athletes

Motivation in youth sports  is not an exact science; trying to figure out what works with each child athlete is more like an art form. It’s trial and error–a learning process for parents as much as it is for kids because every child is dif...
by jbmthinks on May 6, 2015

Help Your Athlete Develop the Skill of Assertiveness

  Two weeks ago, I introduced the 52 Virtues Project. If you missed that post, take a second to check it out. Virtue #1: Assertiveness Being assertive means being positive and confident. You are aware that you are a worthy person with your own...
by jbmthinks on Apr 27, 2015

Help Your Child Improve by Accepting Change…In Small Doses

Accepting change is never easy. It’s natural for humans to look for faults in others and minimize our own. Kids do this in sports too but that is not going to help them improve. If your child wants to see positive change, he must quit looking f...
by jbmthinks on Mar 20, 2015

MYTHBUSTING: Your Kids Should be Playing Sports Early to Have a Chance at Success Later On

Have you fallen for this youth sports myth? Your kids must be playing sports early to have a chance at success later on in high school and potentially college. I’ve done some research and discovered some information that busts that myth clean o...
by jbmthinks on Mar 16, 2015

When Your Child’s Competition is on His Own Team

Is your child’s biggest competition in youth sports turning out to be someone on his own team? Perhaps he is trying to beat another player out for a starting spot or even just to get more playing time. All three of my kids faced this situation...
by jbmthinks on Mar 13, 2015

3 Ways to Teach Kids in Sports How to “Own It”

Something happens to kids in sports when team members feel a sense of ownership. I attended leadership seminar recently where they talked about creating an environment in which a business team feels ownership.  Studies show that when employees feel...
by jbmthinks on Feb 20, 2015

9 Rules of Etiquette for Losing

No one likes losing. But everyone has to do it now and then, some more than others. Last weekend, my husband was working on his never-ending task of cleaning out the garage and he came across the newspaper clippings of his high school varsity softbal...
by jbmthinks on Feb 6, 2015

6 Signs That Your Child is Getting Too Many Awards

Has your child received too many awards in youth sports? There’s been a lot of controversy about the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality that pervades our youth sports culture. That mentality has boosted trophy and award sales to a $...
by jbmthinks on Feb 2, 2015

I have a Dream For Youth Sports

Since Today is Martin Luther King Day, I wanted to recognize his contribution by re-posting my own I have a Dream for Youth Sports article from last year. As I read over it, I couldn’t help but wonder, have we made any progress since last year?
by jbmthinks on Jan 19, 2015

Sports Parents, You Can CHOOSE

Sports parents, I’d like to challenge you with a word for 2015. And that word is: CHOOSE. I’ve never been big on resolutions, but I can certainly keep one word in my mind and the more I dwell on what Choose means, the more I am reminded ...
by jbmthinks on Jan 12, 2015

How Should Your Child Treat Teammates Who Make Mistakes in the Game?

Your child’s teammates will make mistakes; everyone expects that. Maybe because your child knows that, he may not think about the best way to respond to a frustrated teammate when he comes off the field, court, or rink, or when he comes out o...
by jbmthinks on Jan 5, 2015


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