Some people have their act together and are already Christmas shopping. I am not one of those people. But that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it. All year long I keep my eye out for gift ideas for that special person in your life–your youth sports volunteer coach–and then wait until the last moment to buy and wrap them. Here are some of my best ideas for 2015, sure to please your coach and earn your kid some extra playing time.
Last year, I went cold turkey on youth sports. No softball, no hockey, no baseball. No team manager jobs. No youth board positions. Nothing. See, Kid 1 graduated and his collegiate baseball career ended. Kid 2 transferred schools. And Kid 3 hung up her softball cleats and went to a school in a place where the ice rink isn’t even open year round.
It was kind of awesome, to be honest.
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Here’s a take on sports parenting from a guy who is just getting into it. Nick Houser is a fairly new dad, and is examining all those family traditions and sports attitudes from the fresh, new eyes of a father to a little guy. As many parents have, Nick has reflected on his own experience as youth sports participant, and shares his thoughts here at The Trophy Mom.
By Nick Houser
I grew up pushed into sports. I think most people my age, boys especially, were pushed into sports. There was a mentality that we had to do something, so it was either sports or work.
Baseball was everything in our house.
My dad tried to play. When he couldn’t go pro as a player, he tried to go pro as an umpire. But he always played in an old man’s league as well. My brothers both played as long as they could, too. One gained a collegiate scholarship.
I still recall the day I decided to quit. Read the rest of this entry »
Caught between too much and not enough
I found myself in this place where I think a lot of people end up– caught between too much and not enough. Too much stuff to do, too much running around, too much busy. Not enough time, not enough energy, not enough fulfillment. I don’t think you get to this place all it once. It happens gradually, as your family grows, your responsibilities increase, and the “too much” gets added to your life just one grain at a time, until you are overwhelmed and exhausted. Yet at the same time, at a loss to figure out a way to extricate yourself from it, because it all seems so necessary. What do you give up? Feeding the kids? Bad idea. Going to work? Another bad idea. Sleeping? Even worse idea.
That’s when the You @ The Center opportunity came up. Through Enlist Moms, I was selected to participate in Rachel Davis’ 100-Day Course. And even though it came at a really bad time for me, I had the sense to recognize the potential and go for it.
In my volunteer role as a league administrator, I get a lot of email. In technical terms, I believe a shit ton of email better describes the volume. Most of it is pretty ordinary– operations, deadlines, information stuff. Until someone gets mad about something, and then they fire off a nasty gram that could blister paint. I have developed pretty thick skin over the years so it’s not really upsetting to me (well, the grammar and spelling is upsetting, but not the content). Lately, following the word art trend, I’ve been inspired to think of some this correspondence in a new way, and have picked a few of my favorites with which to explore my creative side. All are real, unedited emails from coaches, managers or refs of youth teams and may contain some salty language. Without further disclaimer, I present, for your enjoyment, the Email from Coaches Word Art Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »
We are moving on to round two in the recycle old sports trophies and medals and such project. So as not to set the bar too high, we are tackling another easy one, upcycling (trendy word for taking old junk and making it into new junk) medals into magnets to use on the fridge or any other metal surface. This is so stinking easy! If this were a Learn to Skate program, it would be appropriate for the third group–the kids that can barely stand up and try to suck their thumbs through the helmet cage. Read the rest of this entry »
For the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to take part in an incredibly reflective and transformational course. I want to share this opportunity with you, so you can make space in your life for the things that matter the most to YOU! Please enjoy this gift for the new year.
* use code MyTribe at registration
**this Gift Certificate is good until January 6th, or until the Course is full.
I have been able to take this course at no cost and have agreed to blog about it. As always, my opinions are my own, and you can see more on my policy about reviews here. That being said, I highly recommend you take advantage of this offer. So get on it! And happy holidays!