3 Tips for Coaching Your Child’s Sports Team

Do you have fond memories of your mother or father coaching a pee-wee sports team when you were younger? Do you remember having a friend’s mother or father act as an assistant coach for your softball or baseball team? There’s something wholesome about a mom or dad offering to coach a youth sports team and you may be ready to take on responsibility for your son or daughter’s sports team. You want to be the best coach you can be, so you understandably feel a little nervous. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t have to be a professional umpire or coach to successfully coach a pee-wee sports team; just make sure that you follow these steps:

Always be supportive

Everyone makes mistakes; even professional athletes occasionally miss shots or mess up. The kids you’re coaching may have a passion for sports, but that doesn’t mean that they’re experts. Don’t be afraid to help kids that are struggling with certain things, but don’t make them feel bad for it. Too many coaches get caught up in wanting to make their teams winners, and their drive to win makes them way too critical of their team. Don’t lose sight of what the league is supposed to be about, and don’t get too hard on the kids when they make a mistake or lose a game.

Don’t focus on your own kid

If you’re the coach of a team or league your son or daughter is in, you may subconsciously focus on what they’re doing more so than their teammates. They may already feel a little self-conscious about having their parent be their coach, and you don’t need to make it any worse by giving them too much attention. Allow your kid to mess up, learn, and make friends on their own. Watching them improve as the weeks go on will be very rewarding,415new but so will watching the rest of the kids in your league. Never play favorites, and make sure that everyone gets equal amounts of attention from their coach.

Build a team spirit

The kids may all wear the same uniform, but that doesn’t mean that they’re automatically going to work well together. As a coach, it isn’t just your job to make sure that the games go smoothly, you also have to encourage teamwork with your kids. Stress the importance of working together during games and practices, and encourage them to work together whenever they’re on the field. Consider buying them custom baseball trading pins as rewards for when they win games or overcome an obstacle. Anything you can do to encourage them to work together will help foster a healthy spirit of teamwork.

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How to Honor Our Heroes

Many people today look up to celebrities and athletes who are constantly in the spotlight. While this may be true, it’s important that they do not forget those who sacrifice their lives for others. Our men and women in uniform often go unnoticed but risk their lives every day to protect our nation’s freedoms and keep us safe from harm. They are true heroes and it’s important for individuals to honor and support them. Whether someone is a policeman, firefighter, coast guard or marine, there are plenty of ways to thank them for their service.

Here are some ways to honor everyday heroes:

Say Thanks – Ever heard the phrase “a thank you goes a long way”? Well, it’s absolutely true. Saying thank you to your servicemen and women is a great way to show your support and appreciation. Whether you see a police officer on duty in their uniform or an army veteran wearing military pins, approach them to say thanks. Their job can be difficult and disheartening, so a simple thank you can really brighten up their day and remind them why they chose their job in the first place.

Pins – Pins are the perfect way to show your support for public service and military personnel. Give military coins or public service pins as gifts for public servants in your 105family. Or, you can give one to someone who has gone above and beyond. You don’t have to be a public servant or in the military to wear a pin or challenge coin. You can get one for yourself and wear it to show your support for the cause.

Letters – Cards and letters are another great way to honor those who are in the line of duty. Have your family and friends send thank you cards during the holidays, especially to military men and women. The holiday season is a difficult time to be away from your family, so send a care package filled with cards and holiday treats to military men and women overseas. You can also encourage your child’s school to have students write cards and donate items as well. Sending a thank you card is also a great idea if you have been directly impacted by the service of others. If a police officer or firefighter went out of their way to help you in a special way, you should send a thank you card to express your gratitude.

Attend A Memorial – Honoring our heroes also means commemorating those who passed away in the line of duty. You can attend a memorial service or visit a memorial site to reflect and honor the deceased. Many communities hold memorial services on holidays, such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
How will you honor your heroes?

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MLK Day at 29

MLK day has been around ever since I can remember. But there are many people out there who remember a time before and a time after this national holiday. It was first proposed back in 1968, and finally was brought to a vote in 1979, where it failed to get through the house by five votes. Some members of congress were unconvinced that his work was worthy of being commemorated with a national holiday, but by 1983 Reagan signed the bill to create a national holiday commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and by 1986 it was observed all over the US.

And now, 29 years later, I think the importance of Dr. King’s work is clearer than ever. The news is full of things that remind us we still have a long way to go before the work that Dr. King started can be considered complete. And even though I’m at work on this day (like 171newmany of you I’m sure!) I’m proudly wearing an MLK lapel pin to remind myself and others of this ongoing struggle for racial equality.

People are afraid to bring it up, certainly. It’s a touchy subject, and not one that everyone is trained to to discuss. But even if it’s done imperfectly, these conversations still need to be had. And if broaching the subject is difficult, maybe something like an MLK lapel pin can help start the conversation for you. People speak volumes without saying a word when they wear lapel pins, whether they’re breast cancer awareness ribbons or “Proud to be a Republican” pins.

Dr. King was unable to keep pushing the conversation of racial equality, so now it’s up to us. Let’s change the tone, change the fear, change the stereotypes, and really get to the heart of the matter. Dr. King’s dream is one we can all see through, if we just start talking, and don’t stop.

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Belonging

Recent studies have shown that belonging to a group is important to both our physical and mental health. When we belong to a group we tend to maintain better psychological health and are usually in better physical health. Some of the studies conducted created two groups: the first asked people to think about the groups they belonged to and the second asked people to think about the value of other people and help others had provided them. Then they asked both groups how much meaning they felt life had. The group which was asked to think about the groups they belonged to responded with a much higher value about the meaning of life.

It’s not really a surprise that these studies came out this way. If we look back through history we can see that humanity has banded into groups since the time we were hunter gatherers. Groups have always been an important part of society and will probably continue to be. One fun aspect about being in a club is having a small token that shows your membership. A good example of this small token is custom coins. Custom challenge coins have been employed by many groups for a long time. A challenge coin is a two sided coin that bears a logo or insignia of the organization its owner belongs to. The meaning behind calling it a ‘challenge coin’ is when people in the group want to reaffirm that each other belong to the same one, they can challenge each other. Then they reveal their coin and if they’re from the same group they will have the same coin.
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Another great aspect of belonging is the feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Many organizations and groups will last longer than our lifetime and have existed since before we were born. This gives us a link to past generations and to future generations. It helps us feel like there is more meaning in our lives, and often a group is a great place for finding support when we are in times of need. Many soldiers refer to other members of their squadrons and platoons as brothers because of the bonds they develop in the heat of battle. They look out for and care for each other. Be sure to find a group that values you, and find relationships that are high in quality, for that is more important than quantity.

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7 Ways to Keep Employees Happy and Motivated in 2015

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Perfect Pins for Any Purpose

Despite their sometimes understated nature, pins are a timeless accessory used by individuals from every background and companies of every shape and size. From sports logos and awareness campaigns to fashion and political statements, pins are a great way to convey your ideas. And at PinMart, we’ve got a pin for every need.
With over 2 million pins in stock and ready to ship, plus the option to have custom pins designed and made, you’ll find what you’re looking for at PinMart. We offer a wide range of pins for all occasions. Looking for custom lapel pins with your event or logo on it? Let us make a custom pin designed to fit your exact needs. Here are three of the most common types of pins that we sell:
Employee Appreciation – If you are looking for a way to show your employees that you care, pins are great way to send this message. Pins are an easy, yet effective way to showRCGJ1247 your employees that you recognize all the hard work they do. They are a form of positive reinforcement that encourages and motivates your workers to continue their efforts. Everyone loves to be shown appreciation, and finding a beautifully-designed pin shows your employees that they are valued at a relatively low cost.

Awareness/Support – Awareness pins keep the members of your organization identifiable, easy to find, and unified. You can show support for your preferred cause and add your logo for personalization. We have everything from trading pins to nursing pins, and anything we don’t have we can make! These make an especially smart item for events in which you are representing a business or non-profit. Whether it’s706NEW for a charity walk or a company job fair, your group will look good when wearing the same pins. This will also provide you with a simple way to find your coworkers or other participants again if you get separated.

Holiday Cheer – Last but not least, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a fun, whimsical pin? We carry a complete line of Christmas pins, Santa pins, Valentine’s Day pins, Halloween pins, Saint Patrick’s Day pins and more! Pins make a great low-cost gift for friends, acquaintances, employees, and just about anyone you meet. Best of all, our holiday pins are priced to R644make the perfect inexpensive gift or party favor for all your friends and family.

If you are looking for the perfect accessory for any and every purpose, there is no better option than a good pin! Browse our fabulous selection today!

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From an acorn to a mighty oak

A lot of my day is spend discussing the dreams, goals, and the passions of my customers. Lapel pins are not a product like pencils, printer paper or file folders. They aren’t a necessity per say. When someone calls me to discuss a pin project, it’s a labor of love, whether that’s to recognize hard-working employees or to remember a fallen loved one. There’s sentiment in every pin order, and I’m always glad to be a part of that creative process. But very rarely, if ever, does my involvement in a lapel pin last longer than the process of having it made. Then it goes out into the world and does its magic without me.

But sometimes the projects I help bring to life stay with me, and I stay with them, and those are the truly wonderful experiences that make my job one I love. One in particular deals with awareness ribbons. I received a call just about this time 2 years ago from a gentleman who was part of the community dealing with the horrifying, devastating loss of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They were victims of a school shooting, and it was a story that had sobered the entire country, especially so close to Christmas.

What started out as a way to help his community heal, especially the family of one little rememberchase (4)boy in particular, one of the victims, has turned into something so much more. Little green awareness ribbons proclaiming “Remember Chase” have found their way all over the country, and all over the world, and from that response has grown a charity. This charity supports health and wellness programs aimed at young children, which is a reflection of the passions that Chase had for sports and teamwork. These little awareness ribbons have built not only a legacy for one little boy who’s life was cut short, but they’ve also built futures for other children; hope and promise that might otherwise not exist.

On top of that, the gentleman who instigated this whole thing has become a very dear friend to myself and the entire PinMart team. He even made the long trek from Connecticut to Chicago to thank us in person for our help with the pins, and that is a day that none of us here at PinMart will ever forget.

I never met Chase, unfortunately, but I think of him every day. I think about all the good that one little lapel pin has done in this world, in response to an act of senseless violence. I’ve been given my own sense of hope and promise from this project, restored faith in humanity, and for that I’m eternally grateful.

So as the 2nd anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings approaches, do all the things they tell you to do in response to situations like this: hug your kids, your loved ones, do something nice for a stranger, donate to a charity, and just remember, for all the horrible things that happen in this world, there’s a man like my friend out there to counteract that with love, hope, and lapel pins.

Visit the Chase Kowalski Fund to donate, educate, and participate.

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How to Honor Our Veterans

Each year, on November 11th, we honor all those who have served in the military. We honor and give thanks to those who have courageously fought to defend our nation and its freedoms – to those who live to tell the tale and those who have honorably perished in battle. While Veterans Day is a dignified day for remembrance and gratitude, honoring our Veterans should not be limited to one day a year. From all the struggles these men and women endured to all their acts of courage, it’s important that we honor them every day.
Here are some ways you can thank your Veterans for their service all year long:

 
• Say thank you – If you see a veteran in uniform or wearing some sort of emblem that signifies he or she was in the military, then go out of your way to thank them. When you see a veteran at the airport or at the supermarket, simply walk up to them and say “thank you for your service.” A simple thank you can go a long way. You can also express your gratitude by sending thank you letters and care packages to veterans.

• Help wounded veterans – According to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4 out 5 veterans have a friend who was seriously injured or killed in action. You can support wounded veterans through making donations or sponsoring a fundraising event. These funds go toward ensuring wounded veterans have the medical care and rehabilitation programs they need to recover and go on living their lives. You can also show your support through visiting wounded veterans in the hospital to show your appreciation for their service and 1594_1koffer your support.

• Support military families – While most people are aware that many veterans struggle to cope with post-traumatic stress when they return home, military families are also impacted by the trauma of war. According to a recent CNN report, many military families have contemplated suicide. Whether a military family has lost a loved one or not, it’s important that you show your support. With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, veterans have gone through multiple deployments, which is emotionally stressful for the family. It also causes financial stress for relatives who care for their family member when he/she returns home from war. You can help military families by thanking them, listening to their story, donating to families that are struggling financially, and sending thank you cards and holiday care packages.

• Wear a military pin – Just as pink ribbons are a motive to raise awareness for breast cancer, by wearing a military pin you can raise awareness for our veterans. Military pins area a great way to honor veterans and encourage others to support wounded warriors and military families. They also make a wonderful gift for veterans and their family members. By wearing a pin, they can express their pride and show they are a military veteran.
How will you honor veterans beyond Veteran’s Day?

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How to Appreciate Nurses Beyond National Nurse Week

It doesn’t have to be National Nurse Week for you to show your appreciation for nurses. Whether you’re a patient or a doctor, nurses deserve your appreciation year round. Nurses do a wide range of jobs that are all worth thanking them for. For patients, they watch over you and provide you with constant care. They monitor your progress to ensure your health improves. If you’re in the hospital, nurses work around the clock to deliver you your medications and treatments. If you’re not in the condition to care for yourself, they’ll bathe you, walk you to the restroom, and help you eat. Nurses also provide patients with the information they need to better understand their medications, medical exams, and health conditions. As for doctors, you would be unable to fulfill your duties without the help of nurses.

So, how can you thank your nurses for all their hard work and dedication?

• Nursing pins – Whether you are a physician or a patient, a great way to thank an exceptional nurse is through nursing pins. Pins can be worn on their scrubs as a constant 808_1kreminder of your appreciation. At PinMart, you can choose pre-made nursing pins or customize your own. PinMart has a wide variety of pins suited for all types of healthcare industries, including dental and pharmaceutical. With the holidays coming up, doctors should consider getting their nurses a special pin as a holiday gift.

• Thank you cards – A small thank you goes along way. If your nurse has helped you cope with a medical condition or regain your strength, you should thank him/her with a thank you card. Thank you cards can be handmade or purchased from a store. If the patient is a child, then they should consider a handmade card to make it more personal. Whatever kind of card you choose, write a personal message thanking your nurse for all he/she has done for you. For patients who are recovering from a serious health condition, write to your nurses every now and then to update them on your progress. They’d be happy to hear about how well you are doing.

• Awards – If you’ve had nurses who have gone above and beyond, nominate them for an award in their industry. Winning an industry award, such as The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses or the ANA’s National Awards Program is very honorable. Your nurses will be thrilled that you took the time to think about them and nominate them.
How will you thank your nurses?

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THANK YOU VETS!

What always gets me the most when I look at pictures of Veterans during their service, is that in the photos that are planned, ie, not during battle, so many of them are accompanied with big grins, hands raised in greeting, and in photos with more than one solider, a very clear sense of comradery, and even joy, shining out of the photos. These are the men and women who literally put their lives on the line so that someone like me can sit and type up blog entries at my comfy job, with no fear of attack, or restrictions on my personal freedoms. And they just BEAM out of those photos.

One such photo was donated to us by PinMart’s lead graphic designer, Genni. Her father was a member of the US Navy back in the 1960’s and the photos she has shared with me all seem to have that same sense of joy in them. That he could be so cheerful in a job that posed great risk to his life and in locations far away from home astounds and impresses me more than I can say.

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George Rowe outside the Waccamaw in the early 1960’s while serving in the U.S. Navy

That our veterans did their job, and today’s soldiers continue this work, with such purpose and pride, as well as genuine happiness, fraternity and joy, makes me so proud of all they’ve done for our country, and continue to do now at home. Whether that’s working with the VA, other charities, or just as parents or grandparents, helping shape the next generations.

For all you’ve done and continue to do for this country, PinMart wants to thank each and every Veteran, past, present, and future. THANK YOU! We value your service so greatly.

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