The Ultimate Decision

Good Morning America featured this heartwarming story I wanted to share. Welcome, Baby Finn Baby Finn, nicknamed Fighting Finn, was 21 weeks and 1 pound at birth--three weeks younger than the fetal age most abortions are performed. He was so delicate, his mom waited one month to hold him while he continued to grow and… Continue reading The Ultimate Decision

3 Life Lessons Kids Learn Playing Soccer

One embarrassing and un-American soccer player will not change kids’ love of the game. This humble sport enthralled international audiences and was accessible to the most rural, least developed areas long before Americans joined and renamed the game. More than a sport inspiring fans to paint themselves in home team colors and chant in stadium-vibrating… Continue reading 3 Life Lessons Kids Learn Playing Soccer

The Best Thing About Youth Sports is Not Sports

The best, most valuable thing about sports is not sports. It’s everything else: TeamworkCommunicationPushing yourselfSelf-disciplineNutritionBonding with and supporting teammatesLearning about failureExerciseResponsibilitySchedulingSportsmanshipHoning a skill The best lessons of sports participation can be applied to the rest of their lives, at work, home, and in the community. Most of life is not sport. Parents who focus on… Continue reading The Best Thing About Youth Sports is Not Sports

“Go play outside!”

The Art of Manliness podcast #532: How to Create a Neighborhood Where Kids Play Outside Terrific interview with Mark Lanza, author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place of Play. He wanted to bring back the archaic practice of kids playing outside. So he did. And he wrote a book to help you do… Continue reading “Go play outside!”

Thankful to Be Free

Liberty Bell wrapped in American flag

Today is a day to celebrate our freedom to Choose our religion instead of forced to practice a state religionAssociate with whomever we choose, including friends, clubs, teams, and churchCriticize the PresidentSpeak our minds without fear of government retaliationFollow our hearts or the money in pursuit of our happinessMarry my choiceHave as many kids as… Continue reading Thankful to Be Free

Quote on Leadership

...leadership is communicating others' worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves. -Stephen Covey's definition of leadership according to his nine children This is also a vital parenting principle. Kids who believe in their own worth help, support, lead, and create. Source Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of… Continue reading Quote on Leadership