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Life Coaching: The Year of No Extra-Curriculars

We have taken the year off from extra-curricular activities. Ainsley did tutor a second-grader before school every morning but that was it. No soccer. No dance class. No after-school play. No summer camp. No after-school program. No vacation…
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Change Your Life: Girls Play Sports!

We've enrolled Ainsley in a variety of sports to see which ones she'd excel at and which ones might light something in her. When her pediatrician told us her BMI was high and we needed to make some changes, we realized our book-worm of…
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Women's Sports Network Influence Girls

You all know Amy at Shaping Youth by now, but I wanted to run a piece about the new Women Talk Sports Network and what it will mean for girls. May 19, 2009 In the “Young Runners” post yesterday I glossed over the new Women Talk Sports network…

Soccer Season Over

Soccer season is over. Ainsley played on a local church league this year. No scoring, no winning, only one team to play against. I think we'll consider putting her in a competitive league next year. I see no point in pretending not to keep…
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Body Competence vs. Body Talk

(photo courtesy: Shaping Youth) The more I use my body the better I feel about it. The less active I am, the worse I feel about my body. There is a definite cause and effect relationship. My feelings follow my actions. No matter how much…

Local Culture: Partake

The grandparents came to town and we took them to the Community Dance. Live band plays Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Bring your own drinks and snacks or buy some there. $5 adults, kids are free. So, we're the only people there not collecting…
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Empowering Girls: Yoga Skills

One of my goals, as a parent, is to teach my daughter coping skills and practical techniques for dealing with stress. Personally, I've found yoga to be instrumental in building a core strength, core inner self and self worth, stress reduction…
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Parenting Olympic Gymnasts

The Olympics are always an exciting time, to see those teenagers and early adults become the best in the world. It's awe-inspiring. I want to do that! Ainsley said about her newest Heroine Gou Jing Jing. Those children train every day from…
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Empowering Girls: Olympic Hero's

Char has a great post on the 30 Olympians In Their Teens over at Weary Parent. The Olympics have served all of us in our lives as a source for some pretty good heros and role models. Who doesn't remember Mary Lou Retton? Watch with your kids…
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Go Bratz Go!

Vacation Rerun from May 2007 by Tracee Sioux I signed my daughter up for indoor soccer this season. The coach called me to invite me to a meeting of the parents and girls to determine the team colors and discuss when and where practices…
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Encourage Girls Athletics

Since Title IX has enforced rules about spending for girls sports in the public school system it has led to a 400 percent increase in the rate of female participation in college sports and a more than 800 percent increase in participation…

Don't Be A Girl

Get your shoes on Zack, come to Home Depot with me, he said. We were going to watch Jon and Kate plus Ei8ht, I said. He'd rather go to the hardware store. Zack loves the babies. It's his favorite show. What do you want to do Zack? Pick…