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Parents Corner - January Newsletter 

Welcome to our January Newsletter. 
We have scanned the net to find topics we believe will help parents raising young athletes. No parent is perfect, however, here are some topics that might help you on you way to perfection.

Here are some guidelines you need to know before your son or daughter takes the field.
How to make French Toast

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Here are some guidelines you need to know before your son or daughter takes the field:

- First, make sure your child wants to play the sport.

Choosing a sport and deciding how long to stick with it should be the child's choice, because the sport loses its fun when motivation does not come from within, he says.

- Make sure your child can keep up with the physical and mental demands of the sport, suggests Dr. William O. Roberts, a former soccer coach and a family physician at the University of Minnesota.

- Find out if the coaches are certified in CPR and other types of first aid, recommends the National Athletic Trainers' Association. If not, parents should arrange for basic care at practices and games, Roberts says. In addition to a first aid kit, gather an up-to-date medical history for each player and contact numbers for parents, and prepare an emergency plan, the NATA says.

- Know how your child's sports league handles environmental risks.The league should follow accepted guidelines for dealing with bad weather, Roberts says.

- Make sure the setting is suitable for play. Playing on asphalt or concrete can be risky, according to the National Recreation and Park Association. The Little League suggests parents check playing fields before games and practices for holes, rocks and sticks.

- Ensure children take water breaks.

- Get the appropriate protective gear, and make sure your child wears it, says Dr. Jorge Gomez of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

- Encourage children to warm up before playing and cool down afterward. They should also sit out when they're in pain or too tired, health experts say.

- Set a good example by practicing good sportsmanship. "Often it's the parents who take the losses harder than the kids," says Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt, a licensed psychologist, board-certified sport psychologist and chairman of the American Board of Sport Psychology.

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How to Make French Toast

French toast is a great pre-game breakfast. It is high in energy and easy to make.

Prep time:  about 15 minutes


    * 1 egg
    * 1/4 c. milk
    * dash of vanilla extract
    * 1 tbsp. margarine
    * 2 pieces of bread


  1. Crack the egg into a medium-sized bowl and beat well. Then mix in the milk and vanilla extract.
   2. Put the margarine in a frying pan. Heat the pan on the stovetop on medium heat. It's hot enough when the margarine starts to bubble.
   3. Dunk each piece of bread in the egg mixture. Make sure the bread is totally covered.
   4. Cook the bread in the frying pan on low heat until the underside is light brown (about 5 minutes).
   5. Use a spatula to flip the bread over, and cook again for another 5 minutes.
   6. Use the spatula to transfer the French toast to a plate.

Serves: 2

Serving size: 1 slice

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

162 calories
6 g protein
9 g fat
13 g carbohydrate
0 g fiber
107 mg cholesterol
218 mg sodium
80 mg calcium
1.1 mg iron

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.


Eat your French toast with powdered sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, jam, or fruit on top.