(Competitive) Afterschool Activities and Inequality: More Thoughts

While my favorite part of having now published a book is hearing what people think (even though I recently got my first not-so-great Amazon review) after they have read the whole book, I also love connecting with those who may never read the book by publishing pieces connected to the book. Of course, any short […]

Share

An American Girl: Every Day is a Competition

In the midst of my book tour, I heard a song on the radio for the first time. I almost pulled the car off the road. Here’s the song: (In case you missed it, you can see the lyrics here; warning that the song is pretty catchy, which is not surprising given that Bonnie McKee […]

Share

The Costs (Financial and Emotional) of Youth Sports

The big sports story in Boston this week is of course the World Series. But it’s also significant that this week it’s not Boston-based parents who are the subject of the bad sports parent story making national headlines. As I’ve written about before in Boston Magazine, youth sports in Massachusetts tend to be extremely competitive […]

Share

Confessions of a First Time Academic Author on Book Tour

Before my book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, came out, people kept asking me if I would be going on a book tour. My response was always to laugh because these days if you aren’t Daniel Silva, Alice Munro, or Malcolm Gladwell, no one is rolling out the red carpet for […]

Share

When you write a book, you end up writing even more!

I had heard that writing a book is only part of the bigger picture when a book comes out– and people were right! “Properly” promoting a book is a full-time job, and often you are asked to write even more. While I haven’t been writing original content for my blog so much these days, that’s […]

Share

It’s the Official Publication Day for PLAYING TO WIN: RAISING CHILDREN IN A COMPETITIVE CULTURE

Well, it’s here. The culmination of years of research, writing, and revising. Everyone can now buy my book at a variety of outlets and in a variety of ways. I even got to celebrate with friends and sociologists in NYC at my official book launch party a few weeks ago (see pictures here). Oh, and […]

Share

Reflections on Preview of Playing to Win from The Atlantic: Soccer Isn’t for Girly-Girls?

For a writer there is no greater feeling than people reading your work, sharing it, and thinking about it. I got a great taste of that feeling earlier this week when part of Chapter 4 of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture was excerpted at The Atlantic. The full title of Chapter […]

Share

Move Over Child Beauty Pageants: Another Summer of Dance (on TV)

Last year I proclaimed my love for the summer of dance— and it’s true again this year! It’s also been a summer full of “morning” sickness for me, which means less time to write and more time prostrate in bed trying not to move. But one of the perks of being in bed so much […]

Share

Measuring Ambition in Afterschool Activities

Despite the arrival of summer (which has been way too hot thus far in Boston for my taste!), I’ve been writing, thinking, and talking about children’s afterschool activities more than ever. This is mainly related to the release of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, set for September 1, but also because […]

Share

More Talking, and Writing, about Competition (while being a mom)!

It’s been a busy week; and I suspect it will continue to get busier as I prepare for the release of Playing to Win— or at least I hope so! Before detailing those though, some thoughts on making all this work as a mom: On the day I did the two TV appearances described below, […]

Share