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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

10 Secrets Young Athletes Want Dad to Know

Sports Dads, can we talk for a minute about your young athletes? As a coach’s wife for 3 decades and sports mom for 21 years, I’ve seen just about every kind of sports dad there is, and I know you–you are most likely very competitiv...
by jbmthinks on Aug 8, 2016

How You and Your Child’s Coach Can Be on the Same Team

You and your child’s coach are not on oppositive sides of the field or court. For the sake of your child, you should be partnering and working together in order to give your child a positive youth sports experience. You are not enemies or compe...
by jbmthinks on Jan 6, 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

Take it from a Seasoned Wife and Mom: 4 Ways to Build a Strong Family

A strong family unit is important for every child, whether it’s blood family or friends-like-family. In fact, it’s one of the four keys to your child’s youth sports success. I believe very strongly in the importance of family and so...
by jbmthinks on Oct 28, 2015

How to Manage the 5 Biggest Headaches of Youth Sports

For most parents, the biggest headaches in youth sports have nothing to do with playing time or a coach that plays your child in a position that you don’t like. The biggest headaches are the things that take up your time and energy and can potentia...
by jbmthinks on Aug 31, 2015

4 Reasons to Say NO to Youth Sports

If you are looking for a perfect, smooth, and seamless experience for your child, then don’t sign him or her up to play sports. Don’t get me wrong; youth sports can be a whole lot of fun, but it also gets very very messy and if you are l...
by jbmthinks on Aug 17, 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

How You Can Crush These Top 5 Challenges of Sports Parenting

The challenges of sports parenting do not stop when the game is over. They follow you wherever you go and intrude into any hour of the day. It’s enough to drive you crazy. But you don’t have to be a crazy sports parent! I’ll be the first t...
by jbmthinks on Jun 3, 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

Why Youth Sports Team-Hopping is a Bad Idea

When things get uncomfortable on a youth sports team, many parents and athletes resort to team-hopping. Let me explain first what team-hopping is not. It is not when your child finishes a season and moves on to the next level of competition. It is n...
by jbmthinks on Mar 6, 2015

Sports Parents, Get off the Bench and Stop Being Critical

Being critical seems to be a sports parenting pastime. And this is partly understandable because it’s easy to find things to criticize when your child is playing sports. The coach doesn’t communicate enough. The snack bar is unorganized.
by jbmthinks on Mar 2, 2015

4 Signs of a Youth Sports KillJoy

Youth sports is full of people who suffer from the very subtle–or maybe not so subtle–syndrome of being a killjoy. Otherwise known as  spoilsport, wet blanket, party pooper, and prophet of doom. Killjoys usually don’t recognize t...
by jbmthinks on Feb 27, 2015


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