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Re-Centering

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Wrapping up the school year, moving college kids out of the dorm, standardized testing, attending baseball/softball games, travelling to hockey tournaments..... Yes, I'd say our schedule is a little out of balance.

Too much of this.....






And, *ugh!*  This....
And eating like this......
And not enough of this.....

Or this.....
Or especially this.... 
And we all started feeling like this.... So, I made the executive decision to call my nine year old son to the sidelines, after two hoursof baseball practice, and told him to gather his gear. We were going home. The coach and other parents were bewildered to say the least.  "Where are you going when practice isn't over yet?" HOME, to have dinner with my family and to resume our regularly scheduled life."Do you mean there is life outside of baseball?"
There is at my house. My husband and my dinner are waiting. See you at the game. Maybe.Or Maybe Not.....

A Viral Situation

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I love seeing my kids on the ball field /hockey rink, enjoying time with the other children and learning to give their best. Nothing can beat the team building experience and character building potential that sports offer.  It is admirable that the coaches volunteer their time and talents for the kids, especially after a long day at work.

Case in point: Dear daughter has the best coaches in the softball league (in my not-so-humble opinion). These guys have extreme patience, self-control and a nack for motivating flighty,whimsical, highly emotional 12 year old girls.My twirly-whirly ballerina/drama queen has learned more than how to swing a bat from these two gentlemen. She loves her team, loves the sport, and has more confidence than ever. I have learned a thing or two about being a more effective, more positive parent from their example. It would be an understatement to say that I am grateful for their contribution to youth sports in our community. I honestly appreciate the efforts o…