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Ever wonder about the building blocks of an outstanding athlete? Sport Performance Consultant Kathy Feinstein brings you weekly interviews with parents of exceptional athletes and their experiences. With this podcast, parents will learn about how they contribute to their child’s success with different parenting styles and techniques, and how to overcome universal parenting challenges.

Parenting Peak Performers Podcast Kathy Feinstein

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Ever wonder about the building blocks of an outstanding athlete? Sport Performance Consultant Kathy Feinstein brings you weekly interviews with parents of exceptional athletes and their experiences. With this podcast, parents will learn about how they contribute to their child’s success with different parenting styles and techniques, and how to overcome universal parenting challenges.

    Pressure and the Impacts to Mental Health with Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

    Pressure and the Impacts to Mental Health with Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

    “The biggest differentiator between people who do well in a pressure moment versus people who do below their capability is perception of the situation. You have to befriend it.” - Dr. Hendrie Weisinger
     
    Dr. Hendrie Weisinger is a world-renowned psychologist and author of the recent New York Times Bestseller, Performing Under Pressure. He has spent three decades helping individuals and organizations enhance their performance through his innovative applications based in clinical, counseling, social, organizational and evolutionary psychology. He’s a popular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Execunet.com and Lifehack.org.
     
    In this episode, Dr. Weisinger and I talk about the pressure athletes feel during and leading up to the games and how it impacts their mental health. Dr. Weisinger discusses the pressure from parents of athletes and how it differs from supportive parenting, drawing from practical applications from his book. He also provides advice and suggestions for parents who want to switch things up and for athletes who want to instill confidence in themselves. 
     
    Resources:
    Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most by Dr. Hendrie Weisinger and J. P. Pawliw-Fry The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self by Christopher A. Thurber and Hendrie Weisinger Dr. Hendrie Weisinger’s other books

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Sports Parenting Experience with Shari Medini

    The Sports Parenting Experience with Shari Medini

    “They need someone outside of their sport to talk to about it. I never want my kids to feel like if they had a bad practice that I’m also going to be mad that they had a bad practice. How can we be that support? We should be their biggest advocate, but that does not mean that we’re marching onto the fields demanding more playing time or more personal attention. That’s a different kind of thing. We need to be making sure that holistically they’re doing ok as a human being. That’s the most important job that we have.” - Shari Medini
     
    Shari Medini is the co-author of Parenting While Working from Home: A Monthly Guide to Help Parents Balance Their Careers, Connect with Their Kids, and Establish Their Inner Strength and the co-owner of AdoreThemParenting.com. Her parenting articles have been published in dozens of print and online publications. Shari’s past experience includes working with children and families in the mental health field, mentoring and speaking as a mindset coach and working as a freelance writer and marketing strategist for companies across the country.
     
    In this episode, Shari and I talk about raising young athletes. Shari is a former collegiate gymnast and is a mind coach. She discusses the role her parents and her experiences as an athlete play into how she’s raising her young athletes. She also shares about her book and what kind of feedback she has received from readers. Listen to her advice for parents of young athletes and what they need to do in July to prepare for youth sports season in the upcoming year.
     
    Resources:
    Adore Them Parenting Co-author of Parenting While Working from Home: A Monthly Guide to Help Parents Balance Their Careers, Connect with Their Kids, and Establish Their Inner Strength by Karissa Tunis and Shari Medini

    • 33 min
    Sports psychiatry with Dr. Rolando Gonzalez

    Sports psychiatry with Dr. Rolando Gonzalez

    “As parents, you guys are probably the best monitors of your children’s behavior because you’ve been watching them from the time they were born, and honestly, you’re a better expert on your child than I am so I tend to trust parents on that.” - Dr. Rolando Gonzalez
    Dr. Rolando Gonzalez is a sports psychiatrist who provides mental health care for children through young adulthood with the Lee Physician Group and Golisano Children's Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida. He previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Miami, where he completed his fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. He provides mental health care and treatment for elite and competitive athletes through all competitive levels, including athletes with disabilities. He provides initial consultation with a focus on specialized care that compasses diagnostic clarification, medication management, and individual therapy. He serves on both the Youth and Outreach Committees of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry.
    In this episode, Rolando and I talk about the difference between sports psychology and sports psychiatry and some of the common disorders he sees among the athletes he works with. We also discuss what parents need to know about traumatic brain injuries and his position on performance enhancing drugs. Join us as he also explains why it’s important for parents to help their child cope with the changes and maintain structure and a routine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Resources:
    International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP)’s ​International Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance and Peak Performance by David R. McDuff

    • 30 min
    On Coaching Parents with Anthony Telford

    On Coaching Parents with Anthony Telford

    “We’ve asked the kids - do you like it better here now that your parents are outside? And, unfortunately, a lot of them say ‘yes.’” -- Anthony Telford 
    Anthony Telford spent 9 seasons as a MLB pitcher, but now he’s a father and a coach who works closely with both up-and-coming athletes and their parents. 
    So how does Anthony perceive the parent-athlete relationship?
    What are the pandemic restrictions teaching him about his athlete’s relationships with their parents? 
    Why does he have a Parent Penalty Box at his training facility? 
    In this episode, Anthony details his journey to and through the MLB as well as his current role as a coach of both young athletes and their parents. This discussion is challenging, convicting, and well worth a listen, so take some notes and be sure to share your perspective with me on Instagram at @sportpsychworks or leave comments at https://www.kafcounselingandsportperformance.com/contact. 
    About Former MLB Pitcher Anthony Telford  Anthony Telford, a retired MLB pitcher who played for the Baltimore Orioles, the Montreal Expos, and the Texas Rangers over the course of his career in professional baseball. In college he played for San José State University. Today, Anthony has a renown training facility - The Zone - in Tampa Bay, Florida - where he coaches players of all ages and levels. 

    • 42 min
    Becoming a Reformed Sports Parent with Nick Buonocore

    Becoming a Reformed Sports Parent with Nick Buonocore

    “You’re a lot more than the sport you play. You’re a human being too, and sometimes that gets lost.” - Nick Buonocore 
    For a lot of families, their traditional view of sports has changed. What was once a tool for exercise, discipline, and fun is now perceived as a vehicle to college scholarships. The mindsets of athletes, and sports parents, have shifted as a result. 
    With us today is Nick Buonocore, a former professional athlete and the founder of Reformed Sports Parent, a collective of former coaches and athletes with the mission of providing “information, expertise, and first-hand insight to support responsible decision-making and thoughtful planning for the well-rounded personal development of young athletes.”
    Join us as we discuss Nick’s athletic history, parenting, and what it means to be a reformed sports parent. 
    What’s Your Take?  Let us know what you took from today’s episode by contacting Kathy at @sportpsychworks or leave comments at https://www.kafcounselingandsportperformance.com/contact. 

    • 46 min
    Scott Eyre on Coaching after Life in Major League Baseball

    Scott Eyre on Coaching after Life in Major League Baseball

    “I would get nervous for the kids. I wanted them to succeed so much because that’s what I wanted. I hated losing when I was in high school. I didn’t want the kids to feel that. I wanted them to win.” --Scott Eyre 
    35% on any academic test is a failure. In baseball, batting 300 (or having a 3/10 success rate at the plate) is excellent - even in the MLB.  
    Former major league baseball pitcher Scott Eyre knows this all too well. The left-handed pitcher played for the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies. Eyre played from 1997 - 2009, ending his career on game 6 of the World Series. Eyre won a World Series Championship the year prior with the Phillies, appearing in game 2 with no runs and no hits. 
    Now, Eyre is a husband with two sons attending Purdue University in the fall. Scott has been a baseball coach since 2011 and is currently continuing his coaching career.  
    In this episode, Scott and I talk through…
    His journey to professional baseball  Watching his children play sports after living the professional athlete dream  Being competitive and growing up in an athletically-competent family  Coaching baseball after playing in the Major Leagues  How excellence in baseball is still “failure”   This episode will curb your curiosity about life as a professional athlete while offering powerful insights on parenting and coaching after your own sports career is complete. 
    Questions? Comments? Let’s talk!   Want to dive deeper into today’s episode? Connect with us on Instagram at @sportpsychworks or leave comments at https://www.kafcounselingandsportperformance.com/contact. 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

drrobbell ,

SO Important

This podcast is much needed! Becasue in order to parent a peak performer, we need to be a peak performer! Give it a listen!

Andy Storch ,

Compassionate Advice for Parents of Athletes

Kathy is so compassionate and empathetic and extremely knowledgeable about sports psychology and the psychology and pressure that comes with being a parent of a peak performance athlete. If you are a parent of an athlete and get caught up in the stress of compeitive sports, you will do well to listen to this podcast.
-Andy Storch, Host of the Entrepreneur Hot Seat

Justiman ,

High school athlete parent

This was great and really helpful! Learned so much about how to be a better sport parent. A+++

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