T Pierre's Blog

T Pierre's Blog

Should I Let My Child Specialize in a Single Sport?

Monday, October 30, 2017 Vickie Jones

High intensity, specialized competition has now trickled down to even the youngest athletes. Mini-camps, specialized coaching, and travel teams are now targeted at nearly every age group in just about every sport. In turn, coaching has become a valid career choice for many because parents have shown a burning desire to see their children excel at a particular sport against the best competition. Coaches are able to groom, mentor and assess these athletes for an extended time period which translates into the formation of “travel” teams that are all about winning in the most competitive environments. Certainly, there are benefits from focusing on one sport -- a defined offseason, competing against higher levels of competition, and even a shot at playing their sport at the collegiate level. But the negative impact of specialization on young athletes cannot go unnoticed.   . . . Learn More

Important Safety Tips for Halloween

Monday, October 30, 2017 Vickie Jones

Your children are amped and ready for another exciting Halloween night. They have selected a costume and are ready to stockpile all the candy they will gather from neighbors. Before they leave the house, here are a few safety tips you need to review with them.   . . . Learn More

Tips for Parents to Get Children Outdoors & Active

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Vickie Jones

It’s no secret that when humans engage in physical activity, in an outdoor setting, they feel better and produce at a higher level in many aspects of day-to-day life. Unfortunately, our children face a landscape of Xbox, Playstation, VR devices, smart phones, the web, and of course, the Television.   . . . Learn More

Zombie Preparedness Really Works

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Vickie Jones

You're probably thinking that a zombie attack sounds ridiculous, right? As a matter of fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has built an effective preparedness campaign on the backs of our brain-eating zombie friends. Zombies have been made a part of pop-culture through shows such as ‘The Walking Dead’, and people of all ages are now familiar with the horror and panic that would ensue if the zombies actually did attack. Unfortunately, about half of adults in the United States do not have the resources and plans in place for a possible emergency.  . . . Learn More

How to Know If Your Child Is Ready for a Smartphone?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Vickie Jones

Before considering giving your child a smartphone, carefully determine its main use. Is the primary reason of giving them the phone the need to call them while you are at work? Is it a nagging request of the child so he can communicate more often with his classmates and friends? Will it be used as a supplement for learning?  . . . Learn More

Why Regular Sports Physicals are a Must for Young Athletes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Vickie Jones

Think that sports physicals is just for pro athletes?  Think again!  Sports are usually seen as an activities that will boost your child’s health, development and sociality.  However, many parents don’t realize that sports can be dangerous too.  Sports can be harmful and can even result in permanent injury if a child is pushed too hard or if a child’s body just isn’t ready to take on a certain physical activity. Sport’s physicals are important for young athletes to excel without jeopardizing their health and well being.  . . . Learn More