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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 our previous interviews with experts, Patric Mattek and Deanna Marincic

street soccer

We’re excited for Street Soccer to return in Spring 2022!

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 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!


Spring Details

  • Fridays: April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 2022
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex


  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.