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Healthy and Fun Snacks for Kids’ Sports Games

It's the season for kids' sports games. They can be a lot of fun, but they also mean you might have to pack some snacks! Whether it's soccer, basketball, or baseball, these healthy and fun snacks will help keep your kids fueled up for all their games. Lately it seems when it comes to team snacks, parents typically bring something in individual packages. (Gone are the days of orange slices!).  Here are some team snack ideas for you depending on the time of the practice/game. It's always a wise idea to ask the team if any child has any allergies or food restrictions and to plan accordingly.  After-School Games (That cut right into dinner time) Many of us roll our...

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How Much Exercise Do Young Kids Need?

When most parents think about exercise, it's easy to imagine being in the gym, running, lifting weights, or even joining group classes.  But for kids, exercise means playing. Kids get exercise through physical activity during playtime or recess outside, dance class, sports classes, riding bikes or playing tag.  There are so benefits of exercise and physical activity for kids:  stronger muscles and bones leaner bodies less risk of becoming overweight a lower chance of getting type 2 diabetes lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels a better outlook on life Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, fit kids sleep better. They're also better able to handle physical and emotional challenges — from running to catch a bus to...

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Finding The Right Fit - Questions To Ask When Choosing A Local Soccer Program

We asked our community what questions they have about starting their kids in soccer programs and there's a lot that came up! Specifically:   What's the overall Cost? What should I look for in a program? Is my kid ready? How do I find the right program?  ... and so much more.  Considering these conversations, we put together a list of questions and topics you should be considering when looking at programs local to you to help you find the right fit.  Geography We can all agree that sitting in a car isn't fun for kids or parents! Before choosing a program, consider where they practice and where they have matches. Playing soccer for young kids is mostly about promoting a healthy lifestyle....

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Healthy Work-Life Boundaries are Essential for Remote Working Parents of Small Children

Remote work has become the new normal for millions in the U.S. and beyond. For those still commuting to the workplace, remote workers may seem to be having the best of both worlds: income and career mobility combined with flexibility and family time. But many remote workers, especially those with small children, are not quite experiencing paradise. Remote work comes with its own set of challenges both to productivity and overall well-being, even if there isn’t a baby or a toddler in the picture. Considering how many remote workers are experiencing burnout, the stress on those who are also tending small children is even greater. The following article from Pickup Sports aims to help stressed-out parents find a healthy balance...

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Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together | Let’s Get Our Kids Excited for The Tokyo Summer Olympics 2021

Are you getting excited for the Summer Olympics 2021 in Tokyo? We at Pick Up Sports sure are, and for more reasons than just one. Between the nations getting to showcase their incredible legendary skills across the board, the wonderful rise of national pride, to that intensely euphoric moment of your team winning the gold, the Olympics sure does have a way of inspiring and bringing people together for one heck of an entertaining adventure. But do you want to know what else makes the Olympics such a special event? Your kids can get in on the exciting action too! That's right, hyping up your little ones for the Olympic games is a sure-fire way to not only bring the entire...

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20 Tips for Parenting With An Active Lifestyle

With half of this year over already, it's time to evaluate how far we've come on some of our goals this year. Cultivating healthy new habits can be quite the challenge, especially considering all the twists happening the last couple years.  Many people have a tough time including exercise into a daily habit. You may start off strong, but after a little while, you go back to your previous rut. If exercise wasn’t part of your daily routine as a kid, it’s more than likely it’s not part of your routine as an adult. So how do you stop the cycle and cultivate a love of sports and exercise in your own kids? We’ve put together a list of 20 tips to help...

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The Benefits of Playing Youth Soccer

Soccer is a game that is both played and watched by millions of people all around the world. Playing soccer, especially youth soccer, provides numerous benefits, and that is why you should always encourage your kids to play it. Children who play youth soccer are more productive, and they tend to be familiar with numerous soccer communities spread around the globe. Today, we are going to talk about the benefits of playing youth soccer. Youth Soccer: Benefits of playing it Playing youth soccer has many benefits. Some of the most popular ones are listed below. Aids in developing cognitive ability Soccer is a game that requires quick thinking. While playing soccer, kids have to make quick decisions to make a...

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Celebrate the MLB All-Star Game With Your Kids

Summer is here and that means Baseball season for so many! This week we had the 2021 Mid-Summer Classic All-Star game in Denver plus so many more Major League games to come. A lot of young kids have a tough time following Baseball while they're watching it. Yes, it can get boring if you don't understand what's going on. But it's the atmosphere of baseball that they learn to love! Once they love the atmosphere, they'll pick up on the details of the sport as they get older. Nothing beats summer night baseball traditions of hot dogs, singing at the 7th inning stretch, and cracker jacks! Getting your kids excited about baseball is a great way to inspire them to...

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How to Develop Emotional and Social Skills for Kids

The Developmental Impacts of Social-Emotional Learning For Kids Every single parent, caretaker, and educator features the same underlying goal – to give their kids the best possible foundation to thrive within their developmental years and in the future as well-rounded adults. Now, there is no denying that there is a magnitude of things that can help them gain the necessary tools they need to excel in life. In fact, sports just so happens to be one of them! But if there is one thing for sure in the world of childhood development, social-emotional learning (aka SEL) is a rooted concept that encompasses several emotional and social skills for kids that can truly bolster their academic and life success. What is...

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