Team sports vs. individual sports

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You may have a son who is into sports. You may have three sons, two are and one isn't, or one is and two aren't. Sports is probably something that everybody thinks about with kids. Sports are really important. Some people would say, "I have a kid who isn't into sports." Okay, physical exercise is important. The key is when need to give them ways of moving around, especially in adolescence and the 8 to 9 ages and later. We've got to find ways of getting them to move around. You find ways move them around, but if they hate sports, that's not the way. They still need to move around the equivalent of someone else who is playing sports. That's the golden rule. Team sports are a different thing. Not every boy is going to like team sports. I certainly didn't. I was awkward. I didn't like team sports. I sought out tennis, which is a sport that you can play one-on-one. Team sports we gravitate toward because the guys all mentor each other. We forget that guys can get mentoring and coaching through individual sports, as long as they involve some sort of interaction. The great thing about sports is they develop in guys, empathy, character, socialization; all these things that we need to develop in them, through their bodies, which guys want. It doesn't have to be team. It could be individual.

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Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC

Family Counselor & Author

Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books published in 21 languages. He provides counseling services at the Marycliff Center, in Spokane, Washington. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.

 He has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate, including The Wonder of Girls, The Wonder of Boys, and Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, and The Minds of Boys.



Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately 20 cities per year to keynote at conferences. His training videos (also available as DVDs) for parents and volunteers are used by Big Brother and Big Sister agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

 As an educator, Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University.  His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived, worked and studied.

Michael's work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, People Magazine, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and National Public Radio.

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