Make Losing Safe Again

The hosts of one of the podcasts I regularly listen to got into a debate about whether or not it’s ok to beat your kids at games when playing at home.  Actually, the original intention of the host who brought the subject up was to discuss at what age it’s ok to start beating your…
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Wisdom From The Onion

During my time as a teacher, I taught English.  Being an English teacher brings with it some almost universally shared qualities: (1) We believe that we are smarter than teachers of any other subjects; (2) We overuse sarcasm; (3) We love a good pun; and (4) We believe in the power of satire.  As someone…
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Necessary Skills For Every Century

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a habitual reader of Tim Elmore’s work, including his blog.  His post titled “New App Poses a Big Question” discussed a new app that solves math equations by simply taking a picture of the problem with your smartphone.  Dr. Elmore spends some time discussing the merits of such an…
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Sports Parenting – Part 3

**This is the third of a series of posts that will focus on parenting in high school athletics; in fact, I’m going to use all of my July posts to focus on this topic.  There are three quick disclaimers that are needed prior to this series of posts: –  If you’ve read my blog several…
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Quick Fixes Don’t Fix A Thing

I spent the past weekend working as an umpire at a local baseball tournament.  Over the course of the 8 games I worked, I had the opportunity to observe many coaches, parents, and players.  Overall, the atmosphere and attitudes surrounding the tournament were very good: most of the kids and coaches were having fun playing/coaching,…
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