My youngest son once asked me if there was electricity when I was a kid, (no that’s not funny), and I am not saying that life was so much harder when I was young, Yes, we did have electricity and maybe it just seemed harder because we had to do more to make things happen. I don’t think that my kids, and I’ll speak just for me, really understand how nice things are now.

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This weekend the series Coaching Bad premiered on Spike TV. I had to watch it. In a nutshell, several coaches from various sports are brought together to work with an anger counselor. This is all done under watchful former NFL player and current motivational speaker Ray Lewis. There were some real characters: a speed coach…

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You know how every once and awhile you get an e mail or Facebook post that compares how simple things used to be to how problematic they are now. They are usually ironically titled something like “remember when things were tough” or “We’re lucky we made it”. They go on to demonstrate by list or…

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As I see it there are 3 areas of influence on a child that forms them into the person that they will be: The family, The school and The friends.  The family is responsible for teaching the child the love, honor, respect, to be responsible,  to share and follow values. The school teaches them skills…

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I am very excited about the upcoming Olympic games. Granted there will be no gymnastics, trampoline or swimming but I still feel that I have caught Olympic fever. Watching athletes come together in peace to battle through sport is exhilarating. Knowing that when the games are over the athletes will part as friends who shared…

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A friend of my dad’s once asked me “So you coach kids? Is there a lot of money in that? Sadly Pete there isn’t. Like a teacher I affect the learning, discipline, determination and character of young children. I give them lessons and opportunities to learn, perfect and perform skills. I help formulate the future…

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Alex was a Formula 1 racer. Formula 1 cars are the fastest and most dangerous  cars to race and often exceed 220 miles per hour (compared with Nascar’s average speed of 180 mph) and Alex was one of the best the sport has ever seen. In 2001 Alex Zanardi’s car was hit by another car as…

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I was referred to a report printed by the CBC that gave me quite a start. I always thought that our Canadian neighbors were a healthier and more peaceful version of us. When I saw this I realized that the Canadians are missing the boat a little. Apparently the rate of the “out of shape”Cannuck…

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One criticism I have heard of my posts is my assumption that all children are fat.  That is not true. I have the privilege to work with many healthy kids from new walkers to advanced and high level athletes. I don’t assume that all kids are fat and out of shape, but the average child…

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