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My Son Not Just a Kid From Brooklyn


This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE, however all thoughts/opinions are my own. 

As a young mother living with my family in Brooklyn, New York, every day you would find me on the playground supporting my husband's love of basketball. As soon as my own sons were old enough to handle a ball they were given their very first basketball and football and my husband started on their training. While my son Mikael didn't have the passion for sports, my son Kyle however loved the game like he was born to play. Every weekend you could find my husband playing on the basketball court and my son Kyle playing right along with him. We were on our way to having a basketball star on our hands. Fast forward a few years and we moved from Brooklyn to Colorado and while he was far away from his friends that he grew up and played with, his love of the game never diminished. As a matter of fact he decided that he was going to sign up to play on the basketball team for his junior high school. So what's a mom to do? Well I encouraged my athlete of course. I gave him the necessary tools that he needed to keep his game intact. So for our very first Christmas, I bought him a basketball hoop so that he could practice his love of the game and by using the following steps.


Praise/Encouragement: I give my son praises, I don't inflate his ego but give him words of encouragement before/after every game and during practice as well. I want him to know that I am proud of him and that he did a great job. Nothing encourages your athlete more than knowing that you support his/her dream.

Constructive Criticism: There's a difference between criticizing and giving constructive criticism. Constructive criticism helps him understand what he's doing wrong and gives ideas as to how he can better his game. While we would love for him to win every game we also know that it's not always going to happen.

#1 Fan: I'm my son's number 1 fan and I am not his coach. I show support when he wins and I also show support when he loses a game. It's not about winning or losing but about having fun while doing so. He's not in the NBA and even Lebron loses a game or two.

Keep him hydrated: Being a basketball player takes a lot of energy and he starts practicing after getting home and homework is done until late in the afternoon. He truly works up a sweat and I want to make sure that he doesn't get dehydrated, so I keep his electrolytes up by always having his favorite POWERADE drinks on hand.


I feel good knowing that the ION4® Advanced Electrolyte System in POWERADE helps replenish four electrolytes lost in sweat during his workout: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. POWERADE is also formulated with a 6% carbohydrate solution to help provide energy to working muscles, and vitamins B3, B6 and B12. They also comes in great tasting flavors and has been helping keep athletes hydrated for decades.  POWERADE ZERO™ features the same hydration benefits of classic POWERADE but with ZERO calories. You can find POWERADE in these delicious flavors: Mountain Berry Blast® (my son's favorite), Fruit Punch, Orange, Grape and Lemon Lime. The POWERADE ZERO™ flavors are: Mixed Berry and Grape Zero.


I was able to pick up my bottles of POWERADE at Walmart where it is available in multipack assortment of sizes for everyday low prices. You can also get them at Walmart.com. And right now until April 4, 2016, Walmart/POWERADE has a special offer just for you. When you purchase two 8-packs of 20 oz POWERADE at Wamart, you can go online, submit your receipt and order a free custom "Just a Kid" reusable sports bottle.


There is potential in all of us.  No matter what you achieve in life, you start in the same place as everyone else:  as a kid full of potential and big dreams.  At the end of the day, we are all “just a kid” from somewhere. POWERADE believes that with the right motivation these everyday athletes can realize their potential and one day be the athletes that they look up to. Sports have a major impact on our communities. Whether it is t-ball or the pros, every athlete in every league has a story waiting to be told. Represent your somewhere with custom "Just a Kid" apparel that features where you're from here. All net proceeds from the sale of "Just a Kid" apparel goes to the Boys & Girls Club of America.


Support your athlete because at the end of the day, we're all just a kid from somewhere!

Let's discuss: How do you support your athlete? 

Annmarie John
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  1. We go through a lot of powerade in our house. My oldest son drinks it after karate class.

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    1. Oh and I'm sure that he needs it after such a great workout.

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  2. I love this post so much because it is true - we ARE all just a kid from somewhere, full of potential. We love Powerade and our favorite flavor is Mountain Berry Blast.

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    1. Oh the Mountain Berry Blast is my son's favorite as well and we all have potential.

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  3. Love how supportive you are! And so important to stay hydrated- especially when you play sports!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Oh yes it is important to both support your kids and to stay hydrated.

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  4. I think being encouraging is the most important AND they have to want to do it. You can't force them to play if they don't want to.

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    1. Oh no you can't and you shouldn't. Luckily for me my son has always wanted to play.

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  5. Love this and perfect my son will soon begin to play sports

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    1. That is great. Sports helps build self-esteem and is a great form of exercise.

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  6. Hydration during workouts is so important! Many people forget that!

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    1. They sure do but I always make sure my son remembers to.

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  7. Your son is so lucky to have you! Being a sports parent is hard work and these are all such great tips!

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    1. Oh yes it sure is. I love making sure that he knows that I'm always going to be there for him.

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  8. I love the lessons that sports teaches, and I use this same product for my niece when she is playing soccer. She loves it and I know she is getting hydrated enough in all the exercising that she's doing!

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    1. The good thing about this is that my son loves it so besides the benefits he's also enjoying something he loves.

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  9. it's so great to encourage your kids in their passions! and sports are ideal ways to improve as people, they really can learn a lot! Great job for you and your athlete!

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    1. I always encourage my kids in whatever they do and sports is just one of their passion.

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  10. All great tips. As a mom of 2 active kids I support them in whatever they want to do. Athletics and all.

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    1. That is great and that's what we should do as moms.

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  11. Poweraid is my son's favorite too! During sports we go through tons of it. I should buy stock in it!

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  12. My husband and son lie for sports! You are such a wonderful mother! I strive to be able to give my son constructive criticism that truly helps him and guides him towards his dream.

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    1. I think we are all great mothers, some just parent different than others but we all want the same for our kids.

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  13. I think praise and constructive criticism are both important in raising children. As for Powerade, it's the only drink the kids want after gymnastic practice.

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  14. We always tell our kids, you don't have to be the best, you just have to be your best. Two of my kids drink a lot of Powerade after soccer and lacrosse.

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    1. That is great and you are so right, you don't have to be the best, just be your best!

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  15. Living in the ever sunny and hot South Florida, hydration issues are huge with our athletes. Keeping great drinks available is key to a team's success!

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    1. I can just imagine how hot it gets there and staying hydrated is a must.

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  16. Aww this is awesome - I have to admit I don't think I've tried powerade, I will have to keep a look out for it when I'm being active :) x

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    1. I have to say that I don't think I saw it when I was in London Sarah so not sure if it's available there, but keep an eye out.

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  17. Nothing better than hydration for kids. It gives me wings!
    Your son has gotten so big. And he's so handsome.
    It's nice to motivate our kids in their passions with sports. It leads to a lifetime of it!

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    1. Oh you are so right Tamara and as for Kyle, a year or two ago he was shorter than me but seemed to shoot up overnight. He's now 5'11 and at only 15 he has way more to go. :)

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  18. This was a great, inspirational post! Your son is very lucky to have such a supportive and loving support group! I grew up with Gatorade... Is there a major difference between the two?

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    1. To be honest Jasmine, I have no idea if there is a major difference between them. They're both sports hydration drinks but my son prefers Powerade.

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  19. Great mommy post! So important to be on our kids side... so many times I have witnessed parents ripping their kids apart instead of being on their side. We try to encourage our kids whatever they do... from homework to piano to fencing to cheerleading!

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    1. Oh I just hate listening to those parents. It's like they're trying to revive their youth through their kids.

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  20. It's so important to be supportive without being too pushy, it sounds like you have really found the perfect balance in that.

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    1. Believe it or not Pam, it took me a few years to figure it out. I used to be so disappointed when his team lost, I've now learned that it's not win/lose, but having fun while enjoying the game.

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  21. Thanks for sharing! I especially liked your insight on differences between praise and constructive criticism. My little guy just had his first basketball game today! :)

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    1. And I hope he did well, it must have been exciting for both of you.

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  22. these are all great tips for encouraging your son in his basketball journey. So many parents get crazy with the sports and it's not necessary ;)

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    1. It truly isn't. It's not as if we're trying out for the NBA. He knows that his education still comes first.

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  23. These are some great tips!!!! My daughter is a tad bit too young for sports, but hubby omg... He's poweraid obessed. He always brings it to work with him.

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    1. And I don't blame him since it does taste pretty good.

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  24. I wish I had some Powerade right now! You seem like a great mom supporting her son and his passion, that's great!

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    1. I always try and support all my kids, it's what us moms should be doing.

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  25. Hydration is sooo important, and I think underrated with a lot of kids. One day, we went to the courts to shoot around, and saw all of these young legs sprawled out on the outside of the court, gasping for air (with no water or other drinks in sight). It wasn't even that hot that day.

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    1. Oh no!! I always make sure that my son has a drink and he even takes them to school so that he can stay hydrated after training.

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  26. I need to get my youngest involved in sports. My oldest son is going to try to play soccer in high school. I hope he makes the team. However, if he doesn't I'll still support his dream.

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    1. And that's we should all do. Support our athlete's dream!

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  27. These are all such great tips for any athlete; old or young. Powerade is great to have on hand after any sporting event and my daughter is a huge fan!

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    1. Sounds like she has the best idea when it comes to staying hydrated.

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  28. You should always encourage your children in whatever they want to do. It is so nice to see true passion in children.

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    1. It truly is but a lot of parents squash that passion with their obsessiveness.

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  29. That looks like a great drink to have during a sport or workout! I need to look into this!!

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    1. And you should. Be great for an after Zumba class.

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  30. Yes! Always encourage and be your child's number one fan! If they don't appreciate now they will later.

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  31. My son plays basketball too and I always worry about him staying hydrated. He really loves Powerade so I always make sure to keep the house stocked with it.

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    1. That is great and definitely what he needs. Can't be dehydrated as an athlete.

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  32. As your child's parent you must encourage him!! Your doing a great job and keep it up!!😀😀

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    1. Thank you very much and we should support our children no matter what.

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  33. You are such a supportive mom! I'm sure your son will be a star player!

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  34. Hey...I'm a kid from Brooklyn and so is my mom! My daughter is now a kid from Boca Raton. Doesn't have the same street cred!

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    1. hahaha, I'm sure it doesn't but still sounds just as cool.

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  35. So funny, one of my sons is taking a basketball course in college,no less, he just stopped in and got a powerade before heading back to school. I love the fact that they have 0 calories too.

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    1. That sure is a good thing isn't it and I'm sure your son is pretty smart since he grabbed that Powerade. :)

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