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14 02, 2017

What Young Ski Racers Need and Don’t Need

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I come to this article from two directions. First, as a sport psychologist who has worked ski racers and their parents for decades. There is no doubt that my experiences in helping racers to achieve their goals and assisting parents in best supporting their children has informed my ideas here. At the same time, perhaps [...]

31 01, 2017

Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

For many athletes in many sports, the competitive season is now in full swing. In other words, the season is getting real and the competitions are starting to really matter! So, this is the time when you want to perform your best consistently. Yet, this is also a time when you may start to feel [...]

31 01, 2017

Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Race Day

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The race season is now in full swing with qualifying races underway for regional and national championship series. In other words, the season is getting real and the races are starting to really matter! So, this is the time when you want to ski consistently fast. Yet, this is also a time when you may [...]

6 12, 2016

Parents are Worse Than Kids with Media Use

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Parenting, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

You have probably already heard about the research that found that children spend as much as 7.5 hours a day on non-school-related media. That is a crazy amount of time spent in front of a screen if you do the math of having 24 hours in a day, about 8 hours of sleep, and another [...]

24 10, 2016

Teach Your Child Athlete Healthy Perspectives

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

These days, children seem to be given every opportunity by their parents to experience success in sports and every other performance activity (e.g., school, the performing arts). Many young athletes receive extra help from personal fitness trainers, private coaching, and training camps. They are given the opportunity to develop every possible sports skill necessary to [...]

18 10, 2016

Five Ways to Get Ski Coaches and Parents on the Same Side

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Being a ski coach is a tough job. There is everything you need to know about conditioning, technique, tactics, equipment, and, of course, the mind. There are the logistics of organizing training, travel, and races for a group of athletes, and adapting to the ever-changing conditions inherent in ski racing. There are also the not-very-fun [...]

7 10, 2016

Raising Generation Tech E-Book is Now Only $2.99

By | October 7th, 2016|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Just a quick note that my latest parenting book, Raising Generation Tech: Preparing Your Children for a Media-Fueled World, is now available as an e-book for only $2.99 from all of your online booksellers. It is a great read for parents who are struggling with when and how much technology you should allow your children [...]

8 04, 2016

7 Things Parents Can Say and Do at the End of a Sports Season

By | April 8th, 2016|Categories: Parenting, Sports|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The conclusion of a sports season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents of athletes. The excitement comes when your young athletes have just concluded a season that exceeded their (and your) expectations. The sense of pride and satisfaction can be palatable and reinforces why you have your children involved in [...]

8 04, 2016

7 Things Parents Can Say and Do at the End of the Race Season

By | April 8th, 2016|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The conclusion of a race season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents. The excitement comes when your young ski racers have just concluded a season that exceeded their (and your) expectations. The sense of pride and satisfaction can be palatable and reinforces why you have your children in our brutal [...]

26 10, 2015

Fear of Failure – Part I

By | October 26th, 2015|Categories: Parenting, Sports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Fear of failure is the single most common cause of performance difficulties for the young athletes who come to me for help. Whether they experience low confidence and extreme negativity, pre-competitive anxiety, a preoccupation with results, or severe self-criticism, in most cases, when we dig deep enough, we discover a profound fear of failure at [...]

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