Everyone Calm Down & Get Some Perspective

Hello everyone out there in cyberspace.  Long time no see...or hear...or write...or whatever it is.  We've had a great summer, it flew!  We successfully moved Hop to college; Harry is happy he's the oldest in the house.  :)  Elizabeth & Henry are doing great as well & Honey Daddy & I are wondering when we started getting so old.  I have to say, age agrees with him.  He looks sexy wise with that smattering of grey hair.  Very 007.  That's the update on the fam, just in case you wanted to know.

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Some things have been happening around here & I just wanted to share a picture or two with you I saw on Facebook or Pinterest (I can't remember which) about perspective and youth sports.  You can put any sport you want to into the 'needs perspective' category:  football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, dancing (have you seen Dance Moms???) or even tiddly winks.

I think a lot of times we as parents just get too worked up about youth sports.  Should we demand excellence?  Why yes, yes we should.  Should we want the child to learn about the sport and learn to love the sport? Absolutely!  But, there is a difference in demanding excellence while fostering a love for the game & treating young people like they are playing for a pro or major league team when they are 10.  This is my opinion & you know what...well you know what I would say.  Don't make me repeat myself.  ;)

Hands down, the best sign EVER!!!
Hey parents, act like adults.  If you have a problem with someone, approach them in private as an adult.  If you have a problem with a player on another team, approach that coach after the game.  Remember that these are KIDS playing.  I've heard, more often than not, that at least part of why a child will quit a sport is because of a youth coach.  Did you catch that?  The actions of a so called adult drove a child away from a sport they could have enjoyed for years to come.

Hey youth coaches, it's your job to make players love the game & want to come back to play the next year.  (and to learn about the game)  Let the middle school & high school coaches worry about making players great.  Their jobs are actually on the line over wins and losses.  I know our local high school coach cares about wins and losses, but what he really cares about is the character of his players.  He wants them to become great men, as they learn the game of football.  And isn't that what we all want...for our sons to become great men?  I know it is in our household.

Hey dads, be those men!  You can, I know it!

Celebrating Life!
~ashley






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  1. Put some real perspective on it..Come out next spring and watch an Allstars game. They play every Saturday at the fields and you can find us by looking for the kids in wheelchairs on the field. You can also find us by listening for all the cheering and laughter by both teams and their families. Nothing like a special needs baseball league to put perspective on your child's game.. George played in that league for 10 years. It was one of the best things that ever happened to him as a result of his autism and sensory problems. We both miss that league since we moved to Little Rock. Maybe we will start one here..

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