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In every part of the world, the pandemic has forced us to restructure, rethink, and reinvent how we do life. When we think about a child’s experience, we know it doesn’t stop at missed birthday parties or adapting to virtual school. Organized youth sports have also taken a hit, raising the question of what kids have been doing while some sports programs remain cancelled and others have restarted on a limited basis. Have they returned to unstructured play or picked up some other physical activity? Answers may differ across societies or class lines, but the constant must be an opportunity for the enjoyment, physical stimulation, and emotional development they would have experienced through organized sport.
Every parent of teens knows how difficult it can be to get through to them, but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are many things parents can do - and a couple of things they definitely shouldn’t do – to get their teens to listen. Here’s what the experts suggest.
If you google “ideal blended family”, many images will pop up; however, one that caught my eye was of biological parents and stepparents attending a sports event for their child. While this is not an exceptional image, what is unique about it is that all the adults are wearing matching sports jerseys with their respective family title “dad” “stepmom” etc. emblazoned on the back. For many people not in a blended family, this image is often seen by them to be the ideal aspiration for blended families; sadly though, it is not the reality for many blended families.