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Worshipping at the Church of Youth Sports

Sundays on the sidelines of youth soccer share a cadence not very dissimilar from Sunday Mass. Everyone arrives before the start, looking their pious best, shaking hands and sharing pleasantries, reconnecting after the long week between the last gathering. 113 more words

Sports

6 Rules (and a Vision) For Becoming a Better Swim Parent

Every year brings fresh swimming faces, fresh parents, and sometimes dreams of athletic stardom.  And every year, I post a blog like this to dial things down, and make sure that parents are a helpful partner in this wonderful process of sports. 1,261 more words

Coaching

Sweep the leg...now hold the door for Grandma

From the time our FPAs were little, we’ve tried our best to raise them with a strong sense of respect, kindness to others and an awareness of the world around them. 372 more words

Sports

I was an a-hole sports parent this week

I think the reason why I try to do the right thing is so that I can quietly judge other people when they do something stupid. 359 more words

Sports

‘Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.’ - George Orwell

Ever find yourself, on a Sunday morning driving to a ridiculous location with a sleep-deprived family in the back of the SUV, mumbling “Am I out of my f$#k’ing mind?” Then, two hours later standing on the sideline of some youth athletic field watching and listening to seemingly normal people turn a 9-year-old’s travel soccer game into a live version of Lord of the Flies, confirming that “yes, I am out of my f$#k’ing mind?” Yeah, me to.   18 more words

Sports

The day I realized I'd become an intolerable softball dad

By Keith Landry

I was sixteen years old when the dream died.

Digging new divots in North Reading High School’s bone-dry batter’s box, I’d convinced myself that if I just shortened up on the bat I could rip the pitcher’s best fastball into right field. 1,090 more words

New Chapter, New Lesson – When the First One Leaves

My wife and I left our first child at college this weekend. We’re not alone – thousands of parents will do the same thing in the coming months, and millions more have done it before us – but it feels like we’re alone. 550 more words

Motivation