Pregnant Athletes + Hilarious Lessons in Parenting


Brandi Dion and Steven Dion, coauthors of The Pregnant Athlete.
Topic:
How to stay in your best shape ever before, during, and after pregnancy.
Issues: How to gauge your limits as your pregnancy progresses; eating well to support pregnancy and fuel your workouts; common myths and misconceptions about pregnancy; finding the best workout for you.


Johanna Stein, author of How Not to Calm a Baby on a Plane.
Topic:
Hilarious, real-life lessons in parenting.
Issues: Going to war against the color pink; calming your child on a plane with a barfbag puppet–that someone else had used; your first emergency room visit; the most embarrassing and satisfying moments of parenthood; why to never play a practical joke in a hospital delivery room.

Helping Others + Overcoming Infertility + Raising Athletes

[amazon asin=B00B11FSFE&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Joe Gurkoff, coauthor of How Can I Help?
Topic:
What you can (and can’t) do to counsel a friend, colleague, or family member with a problem
Issues: Learning to listen, clarify and define the problem, map a realistic path to success, improve accountability, and regain your independence.

[amazon asin=0757307485&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Matthew Miller, author of Maybe Baby
Topic:
The story of assisted reproduction and attempted parenthood—from the dad’s perspective
Issues: The anguish of infertility; the anger, frustration, humor, and heartbreak that dads (and moms) experience.

[amazon asin=0785228225&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Karen Ronney, author of Proud Parents Guide to Raising Athletic, Balanced, and Coordinated Kids
Topic:
A lifetime of benefit in just 10 minutes a day
Issues: How to jump-start your child’s developmental skills; creating a lifestyle of family fitness; maximizing your child’s learning style while enjoying positive, consistent playtime.

Healthy Eating for the Teenage Athlete

All teens (and the parents who feed them) should be pay attention to what they eat. But that’s especially important when that teenager is an athlete.  In this guest post, Arica Wright talks about essential eating for teen athletes and those who love them.

 

Athletic teenagers don’t always make the best choices when it comes to choosing what to eat. Sometimes this is due to a lack of knowledge, convenience, availability of healthy food options or what tastes good. Teen athletes need extra calories for not only their sport, but also to fuel their growth. Without the correct nutrition, the athlete may not perform optimally, have enough energy to get through their practice or game and may end up causing growth or health problems.

Calorie and Nutritional Requirements

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Sports Dreams

I’d really like my 5-year-old son to start playing baseball in the Spring, but I wonder if it’s too soon. Our Little League allows children to start as young as 5, but his mother and I aren’t sure if he’s too young. How can I tell when to sign him up for sports? How much do I push him?

One of the great rites of fatherhood is passing on the love of a sport to his child. That said, my first question would be whether your son has expressed an interest in baseball. If he hasn’t, then committing him to a league may be more than he’s ready for. You might take him to watch a local high school or minor league team play a game, gauge his interest, and go from there.
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