Yelling at Youth Sport Referees Makes You a Jerk

Why is it necessary to yell at referees? Does this kid need to hear you be an a**hole? It does nothing...for anyone. I live with two soccer referees, two players and one coach. I hear all sides. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."  ~Charles R. Swindoll If … Continue reading Yelling at Youth Sport Referees Makes You a Jerk

How Marketing & Communications is like having Braces

Marketing and communications is like having braces. Stay with me here. I have #adultbraces. I never had braces as a kid, so this is my only experience. It’s painful, awkward and annoying. But the end result will be (better be!) straight teeth, a healthy smile and aligned bite. But it doesn’t happen overnight. Just like … Continue reading How Marketing & Communications is like having Braces

High School is the New College

At our school district, it's encouraged that 8th graders complete a study plan while enrolling in their freshman year in high school. This maps out their course of study, and ensures they will graduate with all the credits they need for a high school diploma. In other words, as a 14-year-old, they are asked to … Continue reading High School is the New College

Navigating #fakenews

At a PRSA Kansas meeting earlier this week, three local media experts discussed their insights on fake news. It sparked lively and interesting conversation before the panel even spoke. Fake news is nothing new - it's propaganda. By definition, propaganda is "information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause … Continue reading Navigating #fakenews

Online Access to Grades – Yay or Nay?

The ability to check my children's grades online and the weekly emails from their teachers have made me feel like an enabler and contributed to the possibility of me being helicopter-ish. It's true. I like the "real-time" check on how my children are doing, and that I am "in the know" on what they are … Continue reading Online Access to Grades – Yay or Nay?