The Extreme Guide to (Sometimes Sad) Parenting

It’s no secret that I love a good Bravo show. So when the previews started– and I even got a press release about Extreme Guide to Parenting— I knew it was must see TV for me on multiple levels. The six episodes recently finished and it’s clear to me why the docu-series featuring nine families […]

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Friday Night Tykes: The Male Version of Toddlers & Tiaras

I’ve often said that in many ways the hyper-masculinity of youth (tackle) football– especially in the South– is the analog to the hyper-femininity of child beauty pageants. Esquire TV’s controversial series Friday Night Tykes proves it. The 10-episode series, plus a review and discussion show called Tackling Tykes that does a great job summarizing the […]

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Books Are Living Things: Playing to Win continues to spark conversation

As my friend and scholar/writer Margarita Mooney likes to say, “Books have long lives.” While Playing to Win is still less than a year old, I can see how this is true as the book continues to inspire questions, dialogue, and conversations in a variety of settings. In the past two months I’ve been lucky […]

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Teaching for a LIFETIME: My thoughts on Dance Moms, Bring It!, and Kim of Queens

Welcome to the world of Anti-Abby Lee Millers… Ironically brought to you by the network that made her famous, Lifetime. Building off the success (or infamy) of Dance Moms (a show I’ve written about quite a bit), the network debuted two new series this year: Kim of Queens and Bring It! Given the descent of […]

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Competition, Competition, Competition: Sibling, or Otherwise

This may be my last regular post for some time. I’m preparing for the arrival of my second son next month and want to enjoy the holidays, Carston’s second birthday, and the end of this pregnancy (as much as that is possible!)– especially before potential sibling rivalry/competition appears in my home! In the competitive spirit […]

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(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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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