December 18, 2017

What’s the point of youth sports?

coach-youth sports

Julie Samrick Finally, someone’s speaking out on the increasing madness of youth sports. A former professional athlete turned coach, now father of two, was in my town last week on one stop of a national lecture tour to promote his book “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving… Read more

Olympic Spirit


By Ann Van De Water Like most people, I have been watching a lot of the Olympics this week.  The physical skills and athletic feats are inspiring.  The individual stories of the athletes, the family support, and the team spirit are heartwarming.  The patriotic exhibitions, national anthems, and flag waving are a wonderful mosaic of… Read more

More Football, Anyone?

football playing boy

Our boys are now 7 and 9 so my husband decided this magic season would be the one when they could each manage their own Fantasy Football team in the extended family league. Since their infancy, my husband has dreamed of the day when they could check their football stats together, eat nachos on the… Read more

Review: Dance Moms

Dance Moms

The New York Post calls the new Lifetime series Dance Moms a cross between Real Housewives and Toddlers & Tiaras.  It centers on the Pittsburgh dance studio run by the Bela Karolyi of the little girls’ dance world, Abby Lee Miller. Abby Lee is portrayed as the antagonist of the show right from the start. … Read more