10 11, 2017

Vlog: Have Goals, not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Prime Sport Parenting vlog, Ski Racing, Sports|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In this week's vlog segment, I explore the difference between expectations and goals. Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals, if used correctly, act as motivators to help them become successful. Having goals for your children in their sports participation starts with [...]

12 10, 2017

Vlog: Develop Emotional Mastery in Your Young Athletes

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Prime Sport Parenting vlog, Ski Racing, Sports|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

In this week's vlog segment, I focus on how sport parents can help their young athletes to gain emotional mastery in their sports lives. As I'm sure you realize, emotions play an essential role in the lives of children both on and off the field. At practice and in competition, their ability to recognize and [...]

25 05, 2017

A Must-Read for Every Parent of a Young Female Athlete

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Sports|Tags: |0 Comments

I was just sent this article by former world-class runner, Lauren Fleshman. It is truly a must-read for every parent of a young female athlete and young female athletes themselves. The article explores the physical, psychological, emotional, and performance challenges of girls reaching puberty and becoming women. It is both revealing and poignant (brought tears to my [...]

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: , , , , , , |1 Comment

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: , , , , , |1 Comment

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 [...]