Category Archives: March 2007

Violence in Youth Sports

Every time I write the words, “violence in youth sports,” I get a weird feeling that there’s something terribly wrong here. Here we are, offering sports programs to millions of children across the country, and have to worry about violence? It seems every time I do an interview, the inevitable question arises: “Is the violence we see today greater than ever?” My answer is always no. It’s like asking if crime today is greater than ever. Here’s the deal: While … Continue reading

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Programming For Tweens

Way, way back when I started working at Bellingham, Washington Parks and Recreation, (OK it was in 1979) youth programs fell into three age groups: Preschool activities were geared for 3-5 year olds, while children’s programs attracted 6-12 year olds. The minute a child turned 13, they began attending teen programs. However, in the last five or six years, a new “group” has emerged: tweens. Marketers are flocking to this 9-13 year old age group described as having the behavior … Continue reading

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From Alarming To Charming!

In the not-too-distant past, the daily family dinner served the dual purpose of feeding and connecting with the family. It was also an important teaching moment — the time and place where moms and dads modeled and taught basic social skills (how to eat, how to hold a conversation, how to listen, etc.) to their children. Today, many of our family conversations are sabotaged by the technology we’ve all come to rely on — television, cell phones, and computers — … Continue reading

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Clean Pool Water

Like all things in modern life, fresh, clean water in our pools, spas and spraygrounds is a given. But, did you ever stop for a moment and wonder, how did we get here? In case you haven’t, here’s a quick primer. The first “pool” showed up sometime in the third millennium (that’s B.C.) in the form of a “great bath.” It was constructed in Mohnejo-Daro, a site on the border of ancient India and Pakistan, near a large river. To … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

When I did one of my first college internships, I worked with a man who had a poster over his desk that showed a person sitting on a rock looking into the ocean, with a quotation in the lower corner: “No one can share the weight of the decisions you make.” Being all of about 20 back then, I considered the decisions I had to make. They were fairly limited. Something like, “Do I want to play racquet ball after … Continue reading

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