From Publishers Weekly
NBC sportscaster Storm, mother of three daughters, believes that participating in sports is a crucial part of maturation. Not only is the physical activity important for children, but playing sports allows them to develop self-confidence, learn about teamwork and perform better academically. In chronological order from babies through teens Storm offers advice on raising fitter and more active children, including baby exercise through stretches for older girls. In addition to pointers on participation for the kids, the author offers guidelines for parents such as how they should be supportive but not assume the role of a coach. Storm, writing with Jenkins (Sports Medicine Bible for Young Athletes), also includes tips on how to evaluate athletic programs and what to look for in coaches. Nutritional information, weight issues and other health concerns are also discussed. She concludes with a detailed look at the rules of various sports including basketball, rugby and field hockey. There's also a section on working out with weights, which would have been more useful had there been illustrations. This is a breezy primer on sports with practical information. However, much of the information especially the general parenting and health advice will be familiar to most parents. The book will be most useful to parents who have never participated in sports themselves and are uncomfortable with athletic activities.
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Storm, a groundbreaking NBC sportscaster and mother of three girls, and writer Jenkins offer an information-packed resource in this guide to nurturing active girls. A convincing introduction demonstrates that fitness benefits not only girls' physical health, but also their academic performance, self-esteem, and overall well-being. Subsequent chapters give practical tips for encouraging girls' physical activity from birth through adolescence. Topics covered include teaching a daughter how to ride a bike or to monitor her heart rate; evaluating a sports program (and how to spot abusive coaches); choosing a sports bra; dealing with sibling rivalry; developing good training habits; and learning about Title IX. Parents well-versed in fitness will still find plenty of useful hints here, while nonathletic parents will appreciate the basic introduction to various sports as well as Storm's charge to motivate through example: "When I get moving, I can usually get my daughters moving, too." Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved