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Sports Parenting 3

All this week we’re looking at how to push back on a youth sports culture that tends to value the wrong things, by living out our faith as sports parents. There’s much that we can learn from hockey hall of…
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Sports Parenting 2

All this week we’re looking at how to push back on a youth sports culture that tends to value the wrong things, by living out our faith as sports parents. Have you ever taken the time to stand back and…
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Sports Pressure

We live in a sports-obsessed culture. In God’s good design, sports are a good thing as long as they don’t become an ultimate thing, or idol. One measure of how much we worship sport is the growing pressure many kids…
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The Danger of Specializing in Sports

As Christian parents, we are called to responsibly steward God’s good gift of our children. We are to tend to their spiritual nurture, their physical health, and their mental health. Our parenting is to bring glory to God as we…
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Why Kids Burn Out on Youth Sports

I recently read some interesting and even concerning data regarding kids and sports from Project Play at the Aspen Institute. According to a 2019 survey, the average child today spends less than three years playing a sport, then quits at…
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The Benefits of Free Play

Just like we used to hear from our parents and grandparents when we were kids, today’s kids hear us talking about how things have changed since the old days. Of course, many changes are good. But some changes actually undermine…
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Sideline Parents

Perhaps nowhere is our questionable example more powerfully displayed than outside the white lines surrounding our kids’ fields of play. I’ve found the following directives to be helpful guides for being a responsible sideline parent.  “Winning isn’t everything.” “Playing hard…
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Playing Outside

When last summer came to end, I once again pondered the difference between summertime in my neighborhood now, and summertime in my neighborhood when I was growing up. We sound old when we reminisce back to the long summer days…
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