Prepare the Child for the Path, Not the Path for the Child by Michael Boyle, StrengthCoach.com - GREAT article about letting youth sports teach important life lessons on how to succeed and fail. "Those parents who consistently prepare the path for the child by confronting teachers and coaches, changing teams, changing leagues and changing schools are making life-long losers out of their children." The truth hurts.
At Age Thirteen, Say Goodbye to Hover Mothers and Helicopter Dads by Tom Swyers - While we're on the subject.... Some good advice on allowing your kids to gain some valuable experience handling their own problems.
The Trophy Mom's Gift Guide for the Sports Mom - For the most important person on your list. Don't think I'll get the hockey pants though.