Mike Bergstrom The Car Ride Home

ISBN 13: 9780578003993

The Car Ride Home

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When you combine the competitive nature of youth sports and the emotional involvement we have in our children it is easy to see why so many parents lose perspective. This book helps to bring perspective back to the game and helps us to give the game back to the kids.
A sometimes entertaining and humorous book intended to be a gentle reminder of the things we as parents should already know. This book is a quick read dealing with so many of the issues that are a part of youth sports today.
Written in such a way that not only might we look at ourselves as parents and find areas we need to improve upon, we will also come away from reading this book knowing that there are many things we are doing right.
Feeling that there are more than enough 200+ page books on parenting and youth sports, this book is purposely short and to the point. The idea being that as caring parents in today's busy world we might be willing to invest forty five minutes or so of our time to see if we may be able to help our children have a more positive experience in youth sports.

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About the Author:

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mike Bergstrom spent his youth playing sports beginning at age six with soccer, which he continues to play today. He also played baseball, basketball, football, ran track and wrestled. During high school Mike focused on the sport he really loved and excelled at, soccer. As part of a cross-age teaching program during his senior year in high school, Mike developed a passion for working with youth. The program paired the seniors with an elementary school student one hour a day to fulfill the role of mentor and study partner.

After graduation Mike attended Highline College. While there he continued to work with kids by volunteering with the local Young Life Club. Shortly after, he was placed on staff with Young Life, as leader of the local junior high school club.

Mike has coached youth since 1994, coaching at all levels and ages, for both boys and girls. He has enjoyed much success as a coach having had three teams play in state championship games, winning one time.

Mike has also been involved with youth sports in many administrative positions as well, at both the club and association level. He s held the positions of Director of Camps and Academies, VP of Development and for two years was the Club Program Director.

Mike and his wife Marla, married in 1984, continue to make their home in the Pacific Northwest. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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I love your book The Car Ride Home. I think it should be mandatory reading for every single parent that has children in youth sports. From the introduction I was engaged and wanted to read more. Each chapter inspired contemplative thought regarding my own experiences and my own behaviors.
At times I felt good because your book reinforced my good behavior, sometimes I laughed at how ridiculous and illogical parents can be, at times I felt a little ashamed because I have engaged in a few of the less desirable acts, and at times I cried by the lovely message that you make so clear throughout this book, all of which gets down to parents doing their job of loving, supporting, and enjoying their children and the gift of youth sports. --Diana Erickson, Parent & Volunteer --Diana Erickson, Parent & Volunteer

I recently finished reading your book and I want to congratulate you on a job well done! You had asked me to read it and let you know if you had said anything harmful according to the youth sports and child development research. I am happy to say that your thoughts and recommendations were sound and you provided excellent description how parents, coaches, and youth athletes may view sports.
Overall, your book was a quick read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you for writing the book and encouraging parents to closely examine their behaviors with coaches and their children to make youth sport a more enjoyable experience for all involved! --Dave Bellinger, Youth Sports Psychology Consultant --Dave Bellinger, Youth Sports Psychology Consultant

I encourage anyone involved in any youth sport to read The Car Ride Home and take to heart the principles and profound stories which carefully illustrate the importance of the roles and responsibilities of parents in youth athletics today.
In todays youth sports world of high pressure and immediate results, many parents do not realize how excessive pressure and constant parent-coaching can be discouraging and detrimental to their childrens athletic experience. This book contains so many admirable reminders, lessons and stories that are direct examples of how parents can become positive and encouraging forces in their kids athletic pursuits, no matter the level or age of the competition. --Benjamin D. Somoza, Coaching Director, Youth Coach, Former College & Professional Soccer Player --Benjamin D. Somoza, Coaching Director, Youth Coach, Former College & Professional Soccer Player

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