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Brooke de Lench
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As the mother of triplet boys, de Lench knows plenty about being a spectator at youth sports events. What she offers here is a thoughtful account of how mothers can use the strengths they routinely engender in their children at home to help them succeed on the field, on the court, or in the pool. She makes a good case for more motherly involvement in youth sports, noting that while mothers are naturally intuitive, even-tempered, and caring, they don't necessarily have to sacrifice all the elements that make sports such a male-dominated endeavor, such as competition, drive, and tenacity. De Lench outlines her strategies for Mom-involvement clearly and includes helpful chapters on coaching girls, dealing with abuse, avoiding injuries, making sound nutritional choices, and other common topics sure to be helpful to parents of sports-playing kids. Some of her rules might be a little inflexible (such as allowing only three hours of practice per week for children under 12), but all families will find something useful in this valuable book. For parents and coaches of children of all ages. Mary Frances Wilkens
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Her stories refresh my hope for the future of youth sports. Her book is just what sports moms desperately need. (Shari Young Kuchenbecker, Ph.D., author of RAISING WINNERS )

This immensely readable book assembles brilliantly the most important lessons learned from parents, respected athletes, educators, physicians, trainers and coaches. (Eli Newberger, M.D., Professor at Harvard Medical School and author of THE MEN THEY WILL BECOME )

An invaluable resource...superbly informative and educational...for not only every sports mom, but educator and parent as well. (Robert C. Cantu, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Co-Director Neurological Sports Injury Center Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Author of Neurological Head and Spine Injuries. )

A book every family needs to have and utilize to keep their children safe and off the field. (David Janda, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Director of the Institute of Preventative Sports Medicine. )

For those with a stake in those children who are involved in sports, de Lench is important reading. (Paul Bearmon, M.D., Emergency Room Physician, President of "Keep 'em All Playing" )

About the Author

Brooke de Lench is the founder and editor-in-chief of MomsTeam.com, an online publication for mothers parenting children active in youth sports. She also established Teams of Angels, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to reducing catastrophic injury in youth sports. She is the mother of three sons and lives in the Boston area.

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