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It Takes A Village…

By Joe Ulm

It takes a village.I was 22 years old when my first son was born. Back then I used to scoff at the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”  because I believed having too many people involved in a child’s life was risky; it was more apt to water down the base of morals, values, and ethics I was trying to instill in my son than it was to help. Plus, I believed teaching all these things was my responsibility – it’s what parents were for.  Looking back on it now, I can see where I was coming from, but I also see that thinking this way makes a lot of assumptions that aren’t true. 


  • It assumes parents have all the knowledge and tools they need to raise kids from the start
  • It assumes parents have absolute control over the people their kids are around
  • It assumes kids will always listen
  • It assumes kids won’t disagree and/or develop their own opinions 

The biggest assumption it makes is that parents don’t need help. And that’s dangerous because if we’re committed to raising our kids the best we can, we will need help, advice, and support along the way.  Whether that help comes from family, friends, professionals, books, doctors, teachers, or the Internet, we don’t really parent alone.   

The world has changed a lot in 28 years.  Since I was 22.  I think differently now. Now that I’ve been blessed with a daughter and another son. 
Now that I realize how lucky I was to have so many wonderful people around me all those years ago; now that I still have so many wonderful people around me today. 

After 28 years, this is what “a village” means to me today and I’m glad to be a part of it. I just use the word “United” instead. 😊

We are committed to providing resources to our PSU families, so we can learn and grow together. This is why we are bringing in the experts to share their thoughts. Don’t forget to check out the interview with our last expert, licensed psychologist, Patric Mattek. Stay tuned for videos coming soon from our next expert Deanna Marincic, a licensed clinical psychotherapist.

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 13U full season players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Adult and youth sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!


Fridays: May 7-June 4, June 18-July 23 (no open play July 2)
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex