Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/all en Breaking Up With Your Child's Coach: It's Not You, It's Me http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/breaking-up-with-your-childs-coach-its-not-you-its-me <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/breaking-up-with-your-childs-coach-its-not-you-its-me" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/coachingheader_0.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Discover how to identify if it's time to find a different coach for your child and what steps to take. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Spring sports have just started and many athletes will be returning to their local teams with the same teammates and same coaches.</strong> But what happens when your child has outgrown his or her coach?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">This article will explore why youth athletes outgrow their coach, signs that a youth athlete needs to move on, and how to help that athlete transition to a new team.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/breaking-up-with-your-childs-coach-its-not-you-its-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle coaching competitive sports youth athletes youth development Family & Kids Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 150351 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Tips for Running With a Jogging Stroller http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-tips-for-running-with-a-jogging-stroller <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/5-tips-for-running-with-a-jogging-stroller" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/img4071.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Running with an extra fifty-plus pounds isn't easy. Here's how to fix some of the most common mistakes. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Every time I see a parent running with a stroller, I send them a mental high five.</strong> It takes willpower to work out with kids, and I commend anyone who chooses to push an extra fifty-some pounds while doing it.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">It&rsquo;s also easy to slip into bad form while running &ndash; let alone walking &ndash; with a stroller. <strong>So, here&#39;s a guide on how to run with a stroller in a way that maximizes efficiency and minimizes injury risk.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-tips-for-running-with-a-jogging-stroller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> babies breakingmuscle kids mothers parenting runners running walking Family & Kids Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000 150241 at http://breakingmuscle.com Teaching Youth to Enjoy the Art of Weightlifting http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/teaching-youth-to-enjoy-the-art-of-weightlifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/teaching-youth-to-enjoy-the-art-of-weightlifting" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/youthweightliftingheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Don't let the weightlifting enthusiasm in your youth slip through your fingers, instead learn how to keep them engaged. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Weightlifting is becoming increasingly popular with both teens and school systems</strong>, but young minds can be hard to keep on track for great lengths of time. Weightlifting is a sport that requires fine detail and concentration. How can we make sure that kids can focus, develop, and most importantly enjoy weightlifting?</span></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/teaching-youth-to-enjoy-the-art-of-weightlifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle weightlifitng youth development youth sports Family & Kids Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:00:00 +0000 150121 at http://breakingmuscle.com 7 Reasons Youth Athletes Need to Strength Train http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/7-reasons-youth-athletes-need-to-strength-train <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/7-reasons-youth-athletes-need-to-strength-train" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/108680988772733989984463820583068938658709n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">From injury prevention to motor development, strength training needs to be part of any young athlete's training. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Young athletes are sustaining injuries they never should because we are not properly preparing them for the sport they are playing at the intensity they are asked to.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:18px;"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201503/shutterstock234264442.jpg" /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/7-reasons-youth-athletes-need-to-strength-train" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle motor learning sports sports psychology strength youth youth development youth sports Family & Kids Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 149991 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 2 Coaching Styles: Choose What's Best For Your Kid http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-2-coaching-styles-choose-whats-best-for-your-kid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-2-coaching-styles-choose-whats-best-for-your-kid" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/coachingheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you're wading through the mess of choosing a coach for your child, don't worry, there's help. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>All coaches are not created equally. This is good - most of the time.</strong> So how do you choose the right coach for your child? This article will define two main types of coaches, what you can expect from each type, and how they might best suit your child&rsquo;s sports needs.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-2-coaching-styles-choose-whats-best-for-your-kid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children coaching kids kids sports Family & Kids Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 149891 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Decline of Physical Literacy in Kids: What Can We Do? http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-decline-of-physical-literacy-in-kids-what-can-we-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-decline-of-physical-literacy-in-kids-what-can-we-do" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/shutterstock116018668.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It is no secret that children’s movement skills and physical literacy have been in steady decline in recent years. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Many people look to weightlifting as their last chance for sporting salvation</strong>. They assume there will be few athletic skills needed, but that they can still get strong. Parents may remember &ldquo;that big Russian&rdquo; from decades ago and conclude that his sport would be ideal for their overweight child.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter"> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-decline-of-physical-literacy-in-kids-what-can-we-do" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Health kids learning movement physical fitness skills survival youth Family & Kids Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 149766 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Ways to Develop the Fighting Spirit in Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-ways-to-develop-the-fighting-spirit-in-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/5-ways-to-develop-the-fighting-spirit-in-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/spiritheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Get youth athletes headed in the right direction and keep despair at bay. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Being a parent is tough.</strong> In addition to feeding, clothing, and taking care of the physical needs of a child, you are also responsible for developing their mental strength. <strong>In fact, developing mental strength and a fighting spirit is one of the most important things a parent can do.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-ways-to-develop-the-fighting-spirit-in-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle coaching competition competitive sports youth athletes Family & Kids Sun, 08 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 149611 at http://breakingmuscle.com Avoiding the Bad Coach: A Parent's Guide http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/avoiding-the-bad-coach-a-parents-guide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/avoiding-the-bad-coach-a-parents-guide" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/coachingheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Trust your instincts and identify the warning signs of a coach who is on the wrong track. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Spring sports are around the corner, and if you haven&rsquo;t already found your child&rsquo;s coach or if you aren&rsquo;t happy with your child&rsquo;s current coach, then this article is for you. This article will reveal some of the warning signs of a bad coach and assist you and your child in avoiding a painful sports season.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/avoiding-the-bad-coach-a-parents-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children coaching competition competitive sports Family & Kids Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 98701 at http://breakingmuscle.com Coaches: Learn How to Keep Young Shoulders Healthy http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaches-learn-how-to-keep-young-shoulders-healthy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/coaches-learn-how-to-keep-young-shoulders-healthy" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/shoulderheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Avoid potential injury in young weightlifters by employing these four shoulder exercises before it's too late. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Shoulders like boulders. Every male fitness enthusiasts dream, right? </strong>When it comes to weightlifting, it&#39;s not necessarily something we desire to achieve but more of a byproduct of training. But perhaps this is something we should consider more, especially when it comes to youth athletes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">There is essential training required to maintain good shoulder health and prevent any missed training sessions due to injury, specifically when it comes to youth weightlifting.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaches-learn-how-to-keep-young-shoulders-healthy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle mobility. shoulders teen fitness weightlifting Family & Kids Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 83856 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Get Adequate Recovery as a Sleep-Deprived Parent http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/how-to-get-adequate-recovery-as-a-sleep-deprived-parent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/how-to-get-adequate-recovery-as-a-sleep-deprived-parent" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/shutterstock43251532.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">This advice might not get you to peak performance, but it should help keep you from feeling old, tired, and sore every day. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">With exception to Hercules, special operators and other immortals, we all need sleep to recover from the rigors of life and our workouts. <strong>But, what if we can&rsquo;t get that much needed sleep?</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I read an article a while ago, where a professional athlete was interviewed about his workouts and recovery.<strong> This athlete commented that there is absolutely no excuse for anyone not to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.</strong> I thought to myself, &ldquo;This guy obviously does not have kids.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/how-to-get-adequate-recovery-as-a-sleep-deprived-parent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active recovery breakingmuscle family kids parenting Recovery Sleep sleep deprivation Family & Kids Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000 84046 at http://breakingmuscle.com Use Yoga to Get to Know Your Kids Better http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/use-yoga-to-get-to-know-your-kids-better <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/use-yoga-to-get-to-know-your-kids-better" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/20150216103819.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Yoga helps keep kids physically active, but there are many more benefits for emotional support and bonding. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>After my oldest child</strong> <strong>was born, I practiced <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>yoga </strong></span>during her naps for a long time.</strong> But one day, I decided to try it while she was awake. To my surprise, she plopped down next to me and followed along. She even stayed in corpse pose for a blissful thirty seconds of silence.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/use-yoga-to-get-to-know-your-kids-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> babies breakingmuscle Children family family fitness kids parenting partner yoga Family & Kids Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000 83946 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Steps to Nip Youth Performance Anxiety in the Bud http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-steps-to-nip-youth-performance-anxiety-in-the-bud <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/3-steps-to-nip-youth-performance-anxiety-in-the-bud" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/youthheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Coaches and parents, help youth identify and conquer sports performance anxiety. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Experiencing anxiety before a big sports event is normal, but what happens when this anxiety prohibits optimal sports performance?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>After a winter hiatus and with spring sports just around the corner, many children develop sports performance anxiety.</strong> This usually happens before or during a tryout or event, but can possibly occur even after an event. The purpose of this article is to help coaches, trainers, and parents do the following:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-steps-to-nip-youth-performance-anxiety-in-the-bud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports athletic performance breakingmuscle Children performance anxiety Family & Kids Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 83811 at http://breakingmuscle.com Challenge Youth With Strength Training - Why Not? http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/challenge-youth-with-strength-training-why-not <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/challenge-youth-with-strength-training-why-not" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/kidsnewheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Coaches, don't let the sun set on the potential of youth weightlifting before its potential is discovered. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>As a weightlifting coach, I am always looking to improve my knowledge.</strong> Finding new information is one way, but another approach is to look back on things I&rsquo;ve done, programs I&rsquo;ve written, and my deliverance of coaching. This is called self-reflection. It&#39;s a beautiful thing.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/challenge-youth-with-strength-training-why-not" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children coaching olympic weightlifting personal development strength training weightlifting Family & Kids Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 31381 at http://breakingmuscle.com More Than Just a Funny Bone: Preventing Growth Plate Injury http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/more-than-just-a-funny-bone-preventing-growth-plate-injury <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/more-than-just-a-funny-bone-preventing-growth-plate-injury" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/bonesheader.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Learn how to quickly identify and avoid growth plate injuries in adolescent and children's sports. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Adults and youth face the same risk of bone injuries, but because a child&rsquo;s bones are still growing, children, unlike adults, are susceptible to <em>growth plate injuries</em>.</strong> Growth plate injuries are common in competitive youth athletes and must be quickly and correctly identified to prevent permanent damage.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All parents of growing athletes, as well as coaches and trainers who work with youth athletes, should fully understand the function and importance of growth plates. This article will explain:</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/more-than-just-a-funny-bone-preventing-growth-plate-injury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports bone health bones breakingmuscle Children growing pains growth injuries teen fitness Family & Kids Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:00:00 +0000 31361 at http://breakingmuscle.com A 4-Step Program for Happy Homework Time http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/shutterstock238589953.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If homework time triggers headaches for the whole family, consider adding a little exercise into the mix. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Doing homework with my six-year-old used to be a struggle every evening.</strong> Both of us dreaded it, and I&rsquo;m pretty sure everyone else in the house did, too. But after a little brainstorming, I realized there was one big thing missing from our evening homework routine: physical activity. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family fitness kids kids fitness physical education physical fitness recess school Family & Kids Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 31286 at http://breakingmuscle.com