Dr. Wolf on how to #JointheConvo on underage drinking– blog post on ALL.com 4/4

Dr. Anthony Wolf is a member of The Century Council’s Education Advisory Board and has practiced psychology for more than 25 years with children and adolescents in the Massachusetts area. He is a best-selling author of 2 books: Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? A Guide to the New Teenager and I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up.

Teens say that parents are the leading influence on their decision to not drink alcohol underage, but sometimes the conversation may be hard to start. Here is Dr. Wolf’s advice on how to #JointheConvo and talk to your teens about underage drinking this month!

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Dr. Wolf's house had sweet decor

Dr. Wolf’s house had sweet decor

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You go, girls! — Blog post on ALL.com 2/6/13

Today is the 27th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

Ask, Listen, Learn is proud to partner with organizations that empower girls to be leaders in their communities, whether they’re being a team player with a positive attitude at Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy‘s Camps or starting a Girl Talk chapter at their school to prevent catty drama.

Today we want to give a digital high-five to all the girls and women out there staying in shape and we’d like to bring special recognition to this year’s theme, “Girls in Sports, An Investment in the Future.”

As girls participate in physical education classes at school, team sports and other recreational activities, they’re taking care of their bodies and building relationships for a healthier, happier future. Many friendships in middle and high school start on sports teams. When girls are practicing together every day of the week after school, they form valuable friendships- AND stay out of trouble! Everyone knows that working out keeps your body healthy, but girls in sports are also less likely to drink.

I played field hockey and lacrosse in high school, but kickball's my team sport now

I played field hockey and lacrosse in high school, but kickball’s my team sport now 🙂

To all the girls out there investing in their futures- keep up the good work! Always remember to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.

And don’t forget to vote for your peers in JFSLA’s Choose to Matter Contest to help determine who will join Julie at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Disney World starting this Friday!

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Blog post on asklistenlearn.com 2/9/12

Why don’t we hand MOM the playbook and whistle?

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Team sports and other athletic activities can be fun for the whole family to watch and enjoy. But what about parent participation? Moms can pack a team snack for half time, make cheering signs for the game, give a warm hug to make a sprained ankle feel better, but it’s not likely that she’ll be on the sidelines in the middle of the team huddle calling plays. A blog post entitled, “Why Don’t More Moms Coach?” on The New York Time’s blog “Motherlode, Adventures in Parenting”  stated that only about 4% of young boys’ teams have women coaches, and only about 10% of girls’ teams.

Most women are strong, organized, and smart leaders of their families in their home and in the workplace, so why don’t they take on coaching positions?

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Well, if you look at a couple famous women coaches, they will tell you the career move was not an easy one. An article in Time Magazine, “Where Are the Women Coaches?” noted stories of Karen Tessmer, women’s basketball head coach at Massachusetts’ Worcester State College, who ran practice while carrying her baby daughter on her back. Dena Evans, who coached Stanford’s cross-country team, would meander the sidelines of meets in chilly Midwestern towns and breast-feed her baby beneath a tree. She’d then worry about her child’s crying affecting her runners’ concentration.

Though women have made huge strides in the athletic world decades after the institution of Title IX, the leadership in this arena still lags.

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How do you think this community can become more accepting and inviting to women as coaches? There could certainly be benefits with having a mother’s touch involved the physical and emotional aspects of the game, but how can we alter our organizations, schools and communities to incorporate these benefits with a female in a leadership position?

We would love to hear your opinions and comments below.

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Blog post from asklistenlearn.com 4/25/11

April Showers…

What can you do to keep your kids from being bored on a rainy day?

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Make a time capsule: Put in little mementos that mean something to your kids and have them write a letter to their future selves including their favorite food, TV show, music, outfit, best friends, favorite sport, ect. Bury it in your back yard when the ground is soft after the rain stops!

Build a fort with sheets and chairs and climb inside with pillows and stuffed animal friends. Tell ghost stories if you’re not afraid.

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Clean out your closets and donate old clothes and toys to Goodwill or Salvation Army. If you’re lucky, you could get your kids to organize their whole room once they get on a roll…vacuuming and dusting and all!

Get out a cookbook and try a new recipe for dinner for the whole family. Make sure to please everyone by picking out fun side dishes and a healthy fruit dessert too!  A trip to the grocery store can get everyone out of the house, and you can also use the opportunity to teach your children the proper way to set the table.

Why not embrace the weather? Put on your raincoats and boots and go run around splashing in the mud…or if it’s warm out, you can even put on your bathing suits and dance around!  Just stay away from bodies of water that could be prone to flash flooding and go inside if it’s lightening.

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What do you like to do with your kids on a rainy day? Tell us in the comments below!