T Pierre's Blog

T Pierre's Blog

The Truth About Baby Shoes

Friday, March 23, 2018 Vickie Jones

I can already hear all the mom’s asking, “What? How can that be? Baby and toddler shoes are everywhere... and they are just so cute!” Well, I hate say it, but toddler footwear is more fashion statement than functional tool.  . . . Learn More

How to Teach Your Kids to Value Personal Accountability

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Vickie Jones

My child and I practice Karate together twice a week. Our Sensei is incredible and he always provides insight into life’s most challenging situations for parents and children. One of his favorites is accountability. He repeats this in nearly every class, “It’s much easier to teach your children personal accountability when they are young. If you want to really lose your mind as a parent, just wait until they are teenagers to start trying.”  . . . Learn More

Helping Kids Cope with Separation and Divorce

Friday, November 03, 2017 Vickie Jones

The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old. At that age, many couples have already made the decision to have at least one child. When children are involved in a divorce, the complication and stress levels can become very difficult to manage. Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent's marriage. Of these children, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent's second marriage.  . . . Learn More

Should I Let My Child Specialize in a Single Sport?

Tuesday, October 10, 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

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

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

Friday, September 08, 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

Friday, September 01, 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