How to Not be “That Guy”

You’ve seen him. He eagerly attends his kids’ games (and unfortunately yours’ as well) and suddenly fashions himself the Vince Lombardi of the grandstands. One minute in, he shakes his head and makes disapproving comments he pretends to keep under his breath. Overcome by his desire to “help” the coach get the best out of his kid (and yours), he screams out reminders colored with frustration and disappointment. Much like an overprotective mother who never allows her child to taste disappointment, he means well and genuinely...

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Why Joe Paterno is NOT in my book!

At the risk of alienating anyone that is still defending Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky and what happened at Penn State…wait, I don’t care what such a person would think of this: I give you my top ten reasons why Joe Paterno is NOT in my book, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Coaches from the Greatest Coaches of All Time! I want people to talk about and learn from Coach John Wooden, an amazing teacher and leader. His passing was the inspiration for the book. I knew what he had to say about life, communication, and motivation applied...

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The Themes of Dad’s Playbook

If you’re like most of us parents, you can use all the guidance and inspiration you can get on a daily basis. I’m always on the lookout for life lessons that can be applied to parenthood. When I find them, I’m compelled to share. Because, as I state clearly in my new book, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time, “Parenting is no easy business.” That’s the opening line of the section titled, “Teach and Learn.” In the book, I collected over one hundred quotes from the greatest...

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Seven Ways to Encourage Your Child

In celebration of the release of my book, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time (its main theme is encouragement), I offer thee seven ways to encourage your child! It’s so easy to slip into the discouraging parental mode – they give us so many opportunities! That makes it all the more important to make a conscious effort to encourage whenever we can. Trust me, they’ll be more apt to listen when they know you’re on their side. Wouldn’t you be? Believe- It all starts here. You can...

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This Just In: “Negative Parenting” linked to Misbehavior!

In other breaking news, plants and humans need oxygen, water and sunlight to survive. Did we really need a report from the UK Government Department of Education (whew it’s not just US) to reveal the correlation between a lack of discipline and anti-social behavior? Wait, so “critical and inconsistent parents who don’t set rules or examples of good behavior are twice as likely to have aggressive and disruptive children?” What a crazy, unpredictable world we live in. This ground-breaking study goes on to show “that...

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Helping Young Children with Transitions

We’ve all been there. You have someplace to go and your child doesn’t want to leave. Welcome. The good news is: you have lots of choices of how to react. The bad news is: you have lots of choices of how to react. Hypothetically Speaking There’s always bribery, tricking, yelling, grabbing, and racing (desperate times…) but let’s suppose, for the sake of argument, you genuinely care about your child, and you want to create the foundation of a lifelong relationship based on genuine trust, honest communication, and...

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Take More Breaks!

Ever feel like you’re being pulled in all directions by everyone and everything? At the risk of looking like a blatant panderer, and making my wife roll her terrible eyes in irony (they’re not really terrible – it’s a Maurice Sendak reference sheesh), I am writing this blog to encourage all parents – especially moms, to take more breaks. You know about my good friends Merriam and Webster? (my only friends at this point) Let’s see what they have to say about the word “take”:  “To get into one’s hands...

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