Raising Future Leaders: lessons from a Duke University sports psychologist

I had the fortune and opportunity this morning to sit in on a presentation about sports and leadership for parents of high school students, given by Greg Dale, sports psychologist for Duke University. What may be odd about this, as my blog readers know, is that I have a second grader, making him still five years removed from high school. My biggest take-away from the presentation – all of the rules of high school sports psychology and parenting very much still apply to lower school! Continue reading

Child Safety: don’t let your guard down!

Safety for our children is among the number one concern of parents.  Yet, time and time again, I am witness to some really bad choices made by parents.  Whether it’s letting your 6 year old roam the toy store by himself or allowing a child to run through a parking lot, the lack of common sense never ceases to amaze me.

There are several areas I’d like to touch upon when discussing safety and your children under the age of 12.

  • age appropriateness
  • vacation
  • safety equipment/clothing
  • birthday parties
  • things to teach your child if lost/approached by strangers

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