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Until it Hurts

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Journalist, coach and sports dad Mark Hyman thinks adults have staged a hostile takeover of youth sports. He looks at everything that's wrong with youth sports today in his book Until It Hurts.

Event: Mark Hyman will be reading and signing books
Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
3981 Hwy 9, Freehold, NJ

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Comments [3]

Rose Rowland from Croton-on-Hudson

Hey June - Lets start a movement!!

BACK TO THE BACKYARDS!!!!

Apr. 23 2009 01:28 PM
June from Westchester, NY

It's so refreshing to hear this. I'm so tired of all the competitive parents! I'm very tired of all of the bragging about their kids. I've done the soccer, baseball circuit with my older son. He likes to play the games, but could care less about the cut throat aspect of it. Now, this spring he flat out refuses to play at all. He says it isn't fun. I thought that was the idea. He's done at age 11. When we were kids, we just played in the neighborhood, a yard or the street. My son can't do that because all the kids are scheduled every minute they're not in school. Ugh, now I've got to do it all again, my 5 year old wants to play T-ball! I hope he has fun!

Apr. 23 2009 01:07 PM
Rose Rowland from Croton-on-Hudson

I think a lot of this overdoing of activities results from what I call the "Baby Safe" culture. Let me explain - when I was pregnant with my first son, I attended a course called "Baby Safe" and the basic moral behind "Baby Safe" is that if you weren't with your child every moment and hovering every moment, something terrible will happen to your child.

So we're terrified to let our kids out of our sight. And our terror is supported by society. I live in a small town in which you think the kids could wander at will but any time a kid under the age of 13 or so is seen out without an adult, a call goes to the parent - the message is "be with your kids at all times."

So, now we're with our kids at all times we need to find something to do with them or at least give them something to do that we know is safe and supervised. So we get caught up in the sports and the after school activities and once you're in there, you want to progress.

Until we can free our kids back to being kids, this will continue.

Apr. 23 2009 12:55 PM

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