• Family Life
    Making Family Time
    Be a Winner!
    Be a Winner! There's nothing worse than a sore loser. Sore losers are considered whiners and bad sports. The worst kind of sore loser is one who goes around accusing everyone of cheating because he or she can't face the fact that they might not ...
  • Family Life
    Making Family Time
    Dare to Play Fair
    Dare to Play Fair When children play games, squabbles arise over the rules all the time. Depending on the age group, many kids are not likely to read the rules before starting the game. And there's nothing worse than having to break up a fistfig...
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    Sports
    How to Deal with Intense or Inappropriate Parents at Kids' Sports Events
    It’s spring, and that means that if you’re a parent, your weekends may be spent on the soccer, baseball, or lacrosse fields. With all of the time that we spend taxiing our children to sports practices and games, keeping track of their sports ...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • Kids
    Basketball
    Basketball Coach Won't Let Boy Play
    What can a parent do when the basketball coach won't let all members of the team play? ...
  • School and Learning
    Gifted Education
    Gifted Kids and Competition
    Competition -- whether in sports, academics, or the arts -- can show any person how to deal with both success and defeat. ...
  • School and Learning
    Gifted Education
    Son Hates Failure, Loves Competition
    It's sometimes hard for gifted kids to learn that they can't always win, and it's better if this lesson is learned early. ...
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    Poor Sportsmanship
    A parent asks our expert, "How would you handle a nine-year-old boy who is an incredibly talented baseball player but has a bad attitude?" ...
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    Appropriate Coaching for Children's Sports Teams
    Appropriate Coaching for Children's Sports Teams Is the Coach Pushing too Hard? 'Tis the season for wins and losses, cheers and jeers, jubilation and abject frustrationin the rink, in the gym, and on the playing field. While much has been made re...
    Katy Abel
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    Good Sportsmanship
    Teaching Good Sportsmanship
    Teaching Good SportsmanshipTips for Parents "You don't win silver. You lose gold." That's the sour message of a sneaker advertisement that aired on TV during the Atlanta Olympics. Such omnipresent multimedia messages combined with a "winning is ...
    Carleton Kendrick
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    Realistic Goals and Fun Keep Kids in Sports
    Realistic Goals and Fun Keep Kids in Sports20 million kids register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball, soccer, and other competitive sports. The National Alliance for Sports reports that 70 percent of these kids quit playing these l...
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    Why Most Kids Quit Sports
    Why Most Kids Quit SportsTwenty million kids register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball,soccer, and other competitive sports. The National Alliance for Sportsreports that 70 percent of these kids quit playing these league sports byag...
    Carleton Kendrick Ed.M., LCSW
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    Let's Talk about Sportsmanship
    Let's Talk about SportsmanshipTalking About Sportsmanship FOR AGES: Six and up THE SCENEEight-year-old Alissa's soccer team is just about to lose its big game when you see her shove one of her opponents. The referee removes her from the game, and...
    Dr. Susan Linn
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    Positive Feedback in Sports
    How can you keep your child grounded when he gets overly excited about his athletic performance, but still provide positive feedback? ...
  • Family Life
    Sibling Rivalry
    Athletic Son Getting More Attention
    Parents must be careful not to allow their star athletes to consider themselves better or more deserving than others simply because they are exceptional in this one arena. ...
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    When Good Kids Are Bad Sports
    When Good Kids Are Bad SportsThe SceneEight-year-old Alissa's soccer team is just about to lose its big game when you see her shove one of her opponents. The referee removes her from the game, and she sits sulking on the sidelines.It's always ups...
    Dr. Susan Linn
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    When Parents Behave Badly at Kids' Sporting Events
    When Parents Behave Badly at Kids' Sporting Events Jeff Leslie still remembers the little girl standing on the mound, trying to play ball. "She was pitching out there and all of a sudden she broke down crying," the volunteer president of the Jupi...
    Katy Abel
  • Kids
    Good Sportsmanship
    Humiliated by Soccer Coach
    Read what you should do when your child's coach uses humiliating penalties. ...
  • Family Life
    Sibling Rivalry
    Downplay Sibling Rivalry in Sports
    Downplay Sibling Rivalry in SportsTry these tips for keeping sibling rivalries to a minimum in your family. DO Encourage your child to try new activities. Encourage your child to work on skills. Offer praise for whatever he or she does well. ...
    Brooks Clark