Talking About Specializing and Parent Involvement in Sports

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We are seeing kids’ sports taken to a new level. We often sign our kids up for sports to teach them some new physical and social skills, and I know I assume it’s good for them to be moving. Kids have a lot of pressure on them and this is one more thing - and perhaps not a healthy thing to add into the mix. An article in Hartford Courant questions when a child should - and if a child should - specialize in sports? And, a in a recent article, Science Daily suggests that “Rushing kids to specialize in one sport may not be best path to success.”

And while we’re on the subject, I have recently been shocked by the parent conversations and engagement during kids’ games. What do you do when you hear something inappropriate? Are you guilty of getting a little too excited?

In our podcast, Parenting Beyond the Headlines, Sarah Cody and I talked with Peter Vint, an internationally recognized expert in sport science, performance technology, and sport analytics about the topic. He offers great advice on how to think about our approach to sports as parents and how to encourage kids to think about their own goals.

Managing Stress and Anxiety in Kids and Teens

We are seeing a major increase in depression and anxiety in kids relative to even just ten years ago. We know technology changes how we interact with one another to some degree. But news articles are also citing pressure about grades, getting into college, parents, romantic relationships, body image, family finances. On top of this there is stigma around getting help for mental healthcare.

“The APA’s Stress in America survey found that 30 percent of teens reported feeling sad or depressed because of stress and 31 percent felt overwhelmed. Another 35 percent of teens reported that stress caused them to lie awake at night and 26 percent said that they are overeating or eating unhealthy foods in the past month.”

In our podcast, Parenting Beyond the Headlines, Sarah Cody and I talked with Dr. Kristine Schlichting (my co-author of The Parenting Project) about What she is seeing in her practice as some of the main stressors for tweens and teens these days? She also offers some good advice on modeling and teaching coping strategies.

Co-Parenting Effectively

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Alicia Keys recently spoke out , sharing her personal story about co-parenting and how her family makes it work. My colleague, Sarah Cody, and I spoke with Ruth Freeman, Founder and Lead Teacher at Peach at Home Parenting Solutions about what co-parenting is and how to do it effectively. Sarah and I both learned tips that are good for all parents, living together and not.

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Talking About Vaping

Vaping is all over the news and sadly, all over our kids’ schools. It is increasingly embraced by teens and tweens even though it can be dangerous. They can purchase the devices easily, even though some of them contain nicotine and can be addictive. It’s important for parents to work with the school systems to address this growing problem.

CT Congresswoman DeLaura is introducing a Youth Vaping Prevention Act to help curb marketing to young people. My colleague, Sarah Cody, and I talked with Jim Maffuid, Executive Director of Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut to get some tips for parents in response to the Surgeon General’s warning about vaping becoming an epidemic.