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Organizing for better family health

"...grass-roots organizations of citizen parents launched first by Minnesotans are calling for more balance between family life and youth sports," writes Bill Doherty in an October 3 Star Tribune op-ed "There's a trend toward excessive parenting, often expressed through youth sports. The detritus of this obsession: Injury, burnout, even lesser achievement."

Doherty is a professor of family social science and director of the Families and Democracy Project at the University of Minnesota, which "stresses the importance of civic engagement to strengthen family life, the need to transcend the traditional provider/consumer model of education, health care and professional service delivery, and a vision of families and communities creating public initiatives to change their world."

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs