Having John Junior and little Betty head off college can be an exciting time for all concerned, but equally, it can be overwhelming to the point at which life as you know it becomes simply unrecognizable. But there are several key steps you can make – both to support them in their freshman year and …

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This morning I sat down with the intention of compiling a Holiday Gift Guide for our little athletes. While browsing this morning I came across a site called BestAppsForKids that put together 5 really great Holiday Gift Guides and ideas that we thought would be useful to help this holiday season. The holiday shopping season officially starts on Black …

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How to Get Your Kids Exercising

As childhood obesity continues to be a problem across the United States, parents are struggling to find ways to get their kids outside and exercising. Part of the problem is that most kids just want to play and have fun, not spend their time working out and being bored. To solve this problem, parents need …

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Is Your Child Riding the Bench Here's How to Parent Through It

When children are very young, they may enjoy a Shangri-La sports experience – no one is cut from the team, equal playing time is enforced, and everyone receives a participation medal. Are those idyllic days now behind you? It’s OK that they are. Sometimes riding the bench can be a good thing. Here’s how to …

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5 Tips to Prevent Injuries in Youth Sports

Follow these five tips to be sure that your team members stay healthy and prevent injuries throughout the playing season. Sports and children go together like peanut butter and jelly. It is a great way to get kids into the great outdoors while teaching teamwork and structure. Youth sports are an excellent addition to a …

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Football Concussions: Risks, Signs and Treatment

Although children have a chance of becoming injured no matter what sport they play, it is high contact sports, like football, that carry the biggest risks. One of the more dangerous injuries parents need to be aware of and watch out for are football concussions. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a …

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Long Term Risks Associated with Football Concussions

  If your teen has a love of football, he may be interested in continuing his career by first heading to play college ball and then trying out for the NFL. Since football is a high contact sports, players are more susceptible to injuries, like football concussions. These can have serious long term affects. It …

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DIY Player Pendants/ Bag Tags

These painted washers are perfect for personalizing gift bags, labeling each player’s equipment, or just to use as necklaces for added team spirit. Get the team together and get painting! This project is pretty versatile because you can easily customize the washers for any sport. You can also use nail polish from around the house …

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Best Apps for Tracking Physical Activity

When kids join sports teams it is important for them to remain physically fit throughout the season. If exercise is neglected, injuries are more likely to occur. Since teens and younger children have a tendency to spend a little too much time playing video games or using their cell phones, it makes sense to hold …

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Many hands make light work, which is why you’ll need to recruit volunteers for your next fundraiser. Although it sounds simple enough, it can be difficult to round up enough people to have the fundraiser run like a well-oiled machine. Below are a few suggestions for how to recruit the volunteers you need to raise …

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Top 10 Most Popular Fundraising Ideas

Teams looking for a sure thing when it comes to fundraising will want to consider implementing a few of the most popular fundraisers. These tried and true methods have delivered year after year, enabling sports teams to purchase much needed equipment or to pay for traveling expenses for away games. 50/50 Raffle 50/50 raffles are …

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Changing Up Fundraising for Youth Sports

  Moms!  Fundraising can be more than buying a box of donuts or standing at the 4-way with a donation bucket.  Whether you are raising funds for a team or an individual, make it about more than money.   Fundraising is a team building exercise, an opportunity to build social and communication skills, and a creative …

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Youth Sports Fundraising Ideas with a Quick Turnaround

There are plenty of profitable fundraising ideas, but some of them take a great deal of time to plan and implement. Should your team have a pressing need, you’ll want to opt for one of the fundraising ideas below. These have a quick turnaround so you can get the money you need as soon as …

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If you have a teen athlete, chances are he or she comes home with some nasty stains on his or her uniform the first day of practice. It only takes one slide into home plate or one tackle on the 20-yard line to keep the team outfit from looking like new. Fortunately, parents can take …

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Sports Exhaustion

Moms!  It is time to evaluate.  Is your athlete enjoying their sport? Are they setting goals or looking forward to earning that end-of-the-year trophy?  If you are having to even stop and think, it may mean your son or daughter is on the brink of  sports exhaustion.  No worries.  We all get tired.  Everyone needs …

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Preventing Sports Injuries

Kids are just as prone to sports injuries as adults. The only difference is that children tend to heal faster. Once an injury occurs, however, the child athlete must sit on the sidelines for the time frame determined by his or her doctor, and that is no fun at all. It is best to follow …

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When all of your kids are involved in different sports and activities, it can be really difficult to keep track of. Unfortunately, most planners and calendars available to purchase just don’t have enough space to plan out the week for the whole family. My solution is this easy, colorful paint chip game day calendar that …

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3 No Sew Hair Accessories for the Team

3 No Sew Hair Accessories for the Team Alright girls, I don’t know about you but there is nothing better than participating in a sport you love except doing so while looking you’re best alongside your teammates. Simple accessories like bows and ribbons can really add to a team’s sense of unity and confidence without …

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Youth Sports Concussion

Moms!  This stuff is serious.  When you hear the word concussion all kinds of alarms should be going off!  It’s not just a blow to the head.  There is so much more that happens when the brain shakes inside the skull than what we realize. Concussions can happen at anytime, anywhere, in a game or …

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Kids Playing Soccer

How to Throw an After Season Team Party What better way to celebrate the growth of the team and the completion of a successful sports season than to throw a team party. The party also gives kids, parents, and coaches a chance to relax and really enjoy each other’s company. In order to make this …

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Baseline testing for kids, concussion prevention

I was at a team mom meeting for our baseball league last year. All the basics were covered, like team pictures, uniforms, schedule, etc. Great, I was ready to wind up the meeting when a doctor from our local hospital began to hand out some materials about concussions and started a short program on concussion …

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The kids will be out of school very SOON!  Summer is around the corner, are you ready!?!  I can’t say that I am totally prepared for all that we have planned for the upcoming months, but I am ready for some slower paced days.  My girls are both going to camp this summer and my oldest …

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Do you wear your yoga pants far too often? and not just to the gym? Check out these 6 Best Ever Yoga Pant Alternatives! Stay comfortable and stylish with these options.

Guilty.  Yep, I wear them ALL the time. Yoga Pants. Actually, not all the time, but at least twice a week…and I’m not wearing them to go to the gym, I have them on as my “outfit” for the day. Why?  I want to wear something comfortable and my office is in our home, so …

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Kids are busier than ever. Between a full schedule during the school day and all the extracurricular activities after school, when do they have time to relax? It’s important that kids have interests outside of school and family, but how much is too much? Having a full life is great, but the potential for over-scheduling is a real …

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Free 2015 March Madness Printable Basketball Tournament Bracket for Kids

March Madness has ARRIVED!! Who doesn’t have kids who want to print out their own bracket and see how far their teams go in this crazy basketball tournament?!  My boys LOVE to make their own picks and of course try to do better than their dad! Some years I print out a bracket too, just …

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