20 Ways To Be A Supportive Sports Parent

    Do your children play sports? With options like basketball, volleyball, football, baseball, softball, soccer, and so many other athletic options, you could find yourself deep in the world of sports parenting in no time flat. Being a sports parent isn’t always easy!     You are dealing with not just your child participating but the other parents, coaches, administrators, and the rest of the individuals that make the team go round as well! So how can you be a supportive sports parent and one that makes the event a fun one for your child?     Luckily, there are plenty of ways. Look below at 20 ways to be a supportive sports parent so you can be sure your child has a fun, educational, and active sports season you all can be proud of. 1. Treat practice like a day at school. When your child returns be sure to ask how practice went and ask what new skills they may have learned. 2. Talk to your child about their strengths. Point out their strengths first so they can develop pride for … [Read more...]

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Physical Education? #ProtectPE @Voices4HK #Ad

*This post reflects a compensated editorial partnership with Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.     There are many factors that influence how children perform academically but I bet many of you did not know that students who receive physical education, or PE, do better when it comes to behavior, academic achievement, and emotional health.  It's important for kids have frequent opportunities to engage in physical activity on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools provide daily PE or its equivalent for the entire school year.     Racial inequalities and socio-economic challenges leave many schools without resources for PE, but kids shouldn’t have to miss out on the benefits of PE because of where they live or because their schools lack financial resources.  A good PE program is a crucial part of … [Read more...]

Fuel Their Dreams Of Being Part Of Team USA! #LetsPowerTheirDreams #Ad

    This is a very exciting time of the year for my family and I.  Ever since I was a kid, my siblings and I would post up in front of the television every four years to watch the Olympics.  Sports have always been an important part of our family life, everything from basketball and tennis to American football and soccer.  Since my father is from Spain and I was raised there until the age of eight, we love watching soccer and my boys love playing with their grandpa.     Thankfully, my son has had a very rewarding athletic journey.  He seems to excel at all sports with basketball and soccer being his favorites.  The relationships that he has forged with his teammates have been wonderful and playing sports has also contributed to raising his confidence and self-esteem.  We are extremely proud of him and hope that sports continue to be a big part of his life well into adulthood.  Soccer has especially been great for getting in touch … [Read more...]

Bring Your Kids To A NY Liberty Game! #ShowUp @NYLiberty @KidzVuz #Ad

    Last week my family had the pleasure of going to see a NY Liberty game at Madison Square Garden.  Although we are native New Yorkers, we don't often get to go cheer on our home teams due to our everyday work and school schedules.  Thankfully, the summertime is the perfect time to share these activities together.       My husband, father in law and son all decided that they would go see the game together since they are all huge basketball fans.  It was so sweet to see three generations of the men in this family heading out to watch the NY Liberty do their thing.  The Liberty have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in 13 of its 19 years.  This is a fact that my son won't let me forget.     Led by Head Coach Bill Laimbeer, the Liberty are determined to improve on last year’s performance with top WNBA talent like Tina Charles, Epiphanny Prince and Essence Carson, veterans like Swin Cash and Tanisha Wright, as well as new … [Read more...]

Put A Healthy Twist On Holiday Traditions! #FuelGreatness @FUTP60 #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with National Dairy Council Fuel Up To Play 60 en español and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always our opinions are 100% our own.     The holidays are right around the corner and, let's face it, most of us are more excited about all the delicious foods that we are going to eat than we are about receiving presents.  Well, at least that is what I am looking forward to enjoying.  You see, food has been at the center of our family celebrations from as far back as I can remember.  It's no secret that Hispanic family gatherings usually involve mountains of yummy foods and our family is no exception.     Along with the glamorous side of eating during the holidays, there are also common issues of overconsumption and overindulgence.  This becomes obvious when you hear people at work saying that they plan on wearing pants with elastic waists to make sure they stay comfortable as they stuff … [Read more...]

Share Special Moments With Your Active Child! #ThisIsWholesome @HoneyMaidSnacks #Paid

    As many of you know, we are a huge basketball family.  Both of my sons play basketball and they get it from their grandfather because my Father in Law plays every Wednesday with his friends.  My husband is also a big sports fan and enjoys playing from time to time.  Due to this, we are an active family that is constantly active and on-the-go.     Despite the fact that we are always either playing or running to basketball games, my husband and I try to make sure that we steal special moments with our boys.  One of these touching things happened at my older son's last tournament and he melted my heart and confirmed that I am doing pretty good as his mom.     During halftime I was sitting in the bleachers with some of the other moms as our active sons practiced their free-throws until the beginning of the third quarter.  Normally, I try not to bother my son because he is eleven and he is at that age where he doesn't want his mom embarrassing him in front of his friends.  So I just … [Read more...]

Add Another Layer Of Confidence To Your Performance! @ACE_Brand #ACEBrand #Sponsored

*This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of ACE™ Brand. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.     Ever since I have known my husband, he has always been very active and involved in sports.  He enjoys playing football and handball and can often be seen tossing a ball around with our sons, either in front of the house or at our local park.  Unfortunately, as he is getting older, he is noticing that old injuries from when he was in the military are affecting his performance when it comes to sports and physical activity.  This is especially true with his right knee that regularly gives him pain and discomfort.     He usually wears an ACE™ Brand Bandage when he knows that he is going to be using that injured knee a lot, but he always complains about the pesky metal clips that keeps it fastened.  Also, he is constantly adjusting it to make sure that he gets the support needed.  When I told him that the NEW ACE™ Brand Elastic Bandage features the improved ACE™ Brand Clip and stays … [Read more...]

Celebrate Fútbol Fever With @Orgullosa! #MyHouseIsMyStadium #Ad

*This is part of a product review campaign with Orgullosa; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Anyone who has visited my household recently knows that we have been rooting for our favorite soccer teams as they all battle to be number one in the world.  Sadly, our two top teams are now out of the competition but that hasn't stopped us from enjoying the remaining games and taking advantage of spending some quality time together as a family.     This year, Orgullosa is rewarding diehard soccer fans with an awesome giveaway where you all have a chance to win some huge prizes!  By uploading a photo that demonstrates the passion and pride that you have for your favorite teams and colors, you will be eligible to win a TV, XBOX1, sound system and lots of P&G products!     Some of my favorite memories of watching soccer with my family when I was a kid in Spain are of sitting around the living room with my parents and grandparents … [Read more...]

Get Closer As Your Team Goes Further! #CelebrateCloser @CrestLatino #LatinaBloggers #Ad

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Crest and Latina Bloggers Connect.  As always our opinions are 100% our own.     It's no secret that spending time with my family is a priority to me.  I fully take advantage of every opportunity that arises to connect and to celebrate with those who truly matter to me in my life.  There is just something about soccer that elicits pure joy from all of us while we are together.  It has a lot to do with the excitement of cheering on our favorite teams and players and of the anticipation of winning the whole thing and being number one!     Soccer is also one of the things that has allowed me to stay close to my family in Spain.  I often get homesick and long to see my grandparents and the rest of my family that is on the other side of the world.  Through social media, we are able to discuss our triumphs and disappointments when it comes to our team's performance and it definitely brings us closer together.  When you miss someone … [Read more...]

Celebrate Your Love Of Fútbol And Your National Pride! #MiEquipoMiHerencia #Sponsored

*This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.          Let me bring you back to my childhood in Spain during the early nineteen eighties…There was nothing better than sitting around the television surrounded by family and watching Fútbol.  Everyone just seemed to be happier during this time and nothing else was as important as celebrating that moment with loved ones and cheering on our favorite teams.  I'm sure I don't have to tell you that soccer is a huge sport in Spain and other Hispanic countries.     Now that I have my own family, sharing these time honored cultural traditions with our sons is very important to my husband and I.  After all, they can't know where they are going if they don't know where they came from.  As a result, getting together to honor our national pride and our love of fútbol as a family is pretty high on our list of priorities.     This past week, my sons have been spending a lot of time … [Read more...]