Keep them off the couch and get them outside before they become D.A.S.E.D. (Declining Attention Spans from Electronic Devices). When it comes to competing for kids’ attention, teachers can’t match the virtual power of video programmers. They over-stimulate. They are virtual hypnotists . . . mesmerizing kids for hours with their mental candy. School doesn’t mesmerize many. How can teachers compete? If you want better teachers for your kids, start by limiting how much time they play video games and watch television.
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Will kids have what it takes to slip from the shackles of their enabled, entitled, and instant gratified upbringing and meet the challenges of life head on, or will you hunt aimlessly for the reset button that real life can never offer?
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Play to win. When you get the lead, don’t let up. If you’re going to win, you must maintain the mental hustle that got you there. Keep the game face on. The momentum will change quickly if your opponent senses a letdown. Keep the pressure up but don’t over pursue. Stay on your toes and off your heels. Protect the lead but look to score. Play to win, not to lose.
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There’s more to having a catch with your kids than just having a catch. It’s a time when you have their undivided attention. It’s your chance to open up a line of communication that will last a life time. As your kids get older, it will become more difficult for you to create an environment where they will open up to you. You must create one while they are young.
As you toss the ball back and forth, spend most of the time talking about something other than baseball. Find out what happened in their life today. Set the tone. Get them to talk, to open up. Engage with them. Show them you are interested in them and are there to listen. When they get older, they’ll always know that they can talk to you about their problems, concerns, or issues over something as special as “having a catch.”
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Winners have learned to go full speed ahead all the time. No matter if it’s in practice or the real thing, they take it on with a full head of steam. They never have to give a second effort because they only play with continuous effort. Winners don’t have a middle gear. They don’t know what half speed is all about. Like an Iditarod sled dog, winners only know one speed – flat out.
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