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Professor, researcher, and author John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., teams up with parenting, child, and intimate relationship expert Sara Polanchek, Ed.D., to bring you the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast.

Children do not come with instruction manuals, so this podcast pairs cutting edge research  and proven technique, because nobody is perfect, but together we can be practically perfect parents. 

This podcast is brought to you by The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network. If you would like to sponsor this podcast, have a question or a topic idea, drop us a line.

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May 15, 2017

Youth Sports: Benefits, Opportunities, & Advice for Parents

In this action-packed episode, Dr. Sara gathers important insights about youth sports from a parent and two young athletes. Then, she treats Dr. John with contempt (not really) because he doesn’t understand the term “Capitalization” (that’s true), and later she has to put John in time-out because he gets all agitated and uses the words “pissed off” while just talking about soccer referees. More importantly, Sara and John share a variety of concrete tips for parents. . . and, if you listen to this episode, you’ll be able to answer the question: What do researchers say is the source of THE WORST memories for young athletes? Ready, set, LISTEN!

This podcast is brought to you by the Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the National Parenting Education Network. 

Resources in this Podcast:

Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports
By: Brooke de Lench

Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids
By: John O’Sullivan