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Ali and Sidnie at Berkshire Soccer Academy

Our Girls at Berkshire Soccer Academy

In celebration of the launch of How To Coach Girls book, we are partnering with Berkshire Soccer Academy, a sleep away soccer camp for girls, with a five-part series.

March: The effect of Team Impact on the Boston College Women’s Soccer Team.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

How To Coach Girls available here.

Ali and Sidnie at Berkshire Soccer Academy

I let my kids do one week of extravagant camp each summer. My son has picked computer camp to learn Minecraft and mods in the past. My oldest daughter’s picks tend to be arty. PickyKidPix decided, during the summer of 2015, to go to camp to meet Mia Hamm. And she did it with her friend Sidnie, whose mom happens to be the co-author of How To Coach Girls.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

Berkshire Soccer Academy hosts a week with Team First in which Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, & Tisha Venturini Hoch offer once-in-a-lifetime overnight soccer camp experience. They lead 8 on-field training sessions but they also talk to the group of girls, imparting inspirational messages of the importance of teamwork and putting your team before yourself as well as working hard to achieve your goals. These are lessons for both on and off the pitch. Read more…

Team Impact and Boston College Women's Soccer Team

TeamImpact and Boston College Women’s Soccer Team

In celebration of the launch of How To Coach Girls book, we are partnering with Berkshire Soccer Academy, a sleep away soccer camp for girls, with a five-part series.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

How To Coach Girls available here.

Team Impact and Boston College Women's Soccer Team

Boston College Women’s Soccer Team has been working with Team Impact for a number of years.  Team Impact is a national nonprofit that matches kids facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams. Read more…

HOW TO COACH GIRLS book launch events

HOW TO COACH GIRLS Book Launch Events

We have the following book signing events planned. We hope you can join us.

Newtonville Books

10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Newton, MA 02459

Saturday, March 31, 2018

4:00pm

Alison and I will make a short presentation, take Q & A, and serve homemade cookies. Read more…

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

HOW TO COACH GIRLS Blog Tour

I’m so excited to announce the blog tour stops for HOW TO COACH GIRLS! Thank you so much to these bloggers for reviewing our book!

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March 1      Wise Owl FactoryHow to Coach Girls Book Review and Free Sports Awards Printable

March 2     The Conscious Kid: Review including her favorite chapter

March 3     Jump Into a Book: Keeping Our Girls in the Game Read more…

Gabby Kicking It Around with Lily

How To Keep Girls In Sports series with Berkshire Soccer Academy

In celebration of the launch of How To Coach Girls book, we are partnering with Berkshire Soccer Academy, a sleep away soccer camp for girls, with a five-part series.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

How To Coach Girls available for pre-order here.

March: The effect of Team Impact on the Boston College Women’s Soccer Team. Team Impact is a national nonprofit that matches kids facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams. The bonds that formed can be life-long and life-changing. We will be learning about Lily and Alison Foley’s women’s varsity soccer team and what they have been up to thus far this year. Holly Confalone, a midfielder on the team, will be filling us in.

Boston College Women's Soccer and Team Impact

Happy Birthday to Lily…the newest member of the #BCWSoccer team as she signed her NLI with her teammates by her side yesterday. 

Gabby Kicking It Around with Lily

Gaby Carriero kicking it around with #teamimpact teammate Lily before the game.
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How To Coach Girls COVER REVEAL & 2 Chapter GIVEAWAY!

We are so excited to reveal the cover for our new book, How To Coach Girls, that I co-authored with Alison Foley, Boston College Women’s Soccer Head Coach!

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How To Coach Girls by Alison Foley and Mia Wenjen

Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by age 13, with girls quitting 6x the rate of boys?

Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on creating a successful team that motivates girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years. Twenty-two chapters cover major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the challenges of coaching your own daughter.

In addition, fifteen professional coaches from a range of sports, including former Olympian athletes, give their advice on what girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun.

2 Chapter GIVEAWAY of How To Coach Girls

I am giving away two chapters of How To Coach Girls. You can download it here. Read more…

A Health Tune-up for the Whole Family

A Health Tune-up for the Whole Family

The end of the year is a great time for personal and financial accounting. But it is also a good time to take stock as a family on matters regarding your family’s health. Establishing good health habits in children now when they are young will help them become adults who fall into a healthy lifestyle more easily than their counterparts.

Here are some steps you can take that will not only help give your whole family a health tune-up. But also set the tone for the year to come.

  1. Start with a family meeting.

From nutrition to fitness to health checkups, getting everyone on the same page can take time. What better way than through discussing it altogether. Of course, you and your partner should know the major points you want to cover beforehand. And avoid putting anyone on the spot by handling sensitive issues privately. For example, if one of your children is battling with a food disorder or with overeating, these kinds of issues take delicacy to handle. So have an outline of safe topics you can cover together, but also a separate list that might need some one on one time with your child. Read more…

How to Guard Your Child from Developing Eating Disorders

How to Guard Your Child from Developing Eating Disorders

One day your child was happy and carefree, and the next she or he seems moody, depressed, and has stopped eating.

The reason children develop eating disorders ranges widely. According to Mayo Clinic, it could be that he or she wants to join an activity that requires participants to be lean. For example, cheerleading, gymnastics, ballet, etc. Or it could be due to pressure from his or her peers to be thin. And yes, even children under 12 can begin to feel this pressure. In a Common Sense Media report, it was found that kids as young as five years old are already thinking about ideal body types. Read more…

How to Protect Your Kid's Eyes - 5 Trusty Tips

How to Protect Your Kid’s Eyes – 5 Trusty Tips

So, you’re raising a reader! And the good news is that your child loves to read. The not-so-good news? With the rise of the digital age, a large portion of our reading is now done on digital eBook devices. Laptops, iPads, smartphones, and other tablets all conspire to give us digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. Is there anything a parent, educator, or caregiver can do to protect children’s eyes? You betcha! Read on for 5 tips from the experts.

  1. Evaluate their vision.

Have you noticed your child squinting at text? Does he or she seem to hold the books closer to his or her face than necessary? Does he or she complain of tired eyes? Even if these symptoms are not present, when was the last time your child went for an eye checkup? The American Optometric Association recommends that children between the ages of 6 to 18 go for annual eye checkups. Getting glasses to prevent eyestrain is a smart move that could encourage hesitant readers. In fact, eyestrain or poor vision could be what has been holding your child back from fully entering the wonderful world of reading.

  1. Balance plays a role.

Too many hours spent with eyes glued to a screen is not good for the eyes. Eye muscles get fatigued, just as other muscles do in our body. Other symptoms of overuse? When your child complains of dry, irritated, or sensitive eyes. Wearing a pair of computer glasses like those offered by Felix Gray will combat these symptoms by filtering blue light and eliminating glare from screens, the two main culprits of digital eye strain.

But there are also other secondary effects to eye strain that contribute to poor health habits. In a report published by CNN, it was found that the average American spends 10 hours in front of a screen. The statistics for children might be different, as where an adult likely uses a laptop for work, a child will be in a classroom. So, while the hours in front of a screen might be less for a child, compared to an adult’s, those hours mean less time a child could be outside, playing. Being active when young is an important habit for kids to establish that will help them avoid becoming overweight later in life.

Help your child avoid eyestrain by making sure your child is also going outside and playing. And that he or she has an active life outside of screen-based entertainment. Read more…