- What you do matters– remind yourself that every day. How you treat and respond to your child should come from a knowledgeable, deliberate sense of what you want to accomplish.
- You cannot be too loving– It is simply not possible to spoil a child with love. What we often think of as the product of spoiling a child is never the result of showing a child too much love. It is usually the consequence of giving a child things in place of love—things like leniency, lowered expectations or material possessions.
- Be involved in your child’s life– Being an involved parent takes time and is hard work, and it often means rethinking and rearranging your priorities. It frequently means sacrificing what you want to do for what your child needs you to do. Be there mentally as well as physically.
- Adapt your parenting to fit your child– Make sure your parenting keeps pace with your child’s development. As they grow they will face new challenges and take new actions that you may not be ready for, but they are. Ensure your parenting evolves with their growth.
- Establish and set rules– If you don’t manage your child’s behavior now when they are young, they will have a hard time learning how to manage themselves when they are older and you aren’t around. You should always be able to answer these three questions: Where is my child? Who is with my child? What is my child doing? The rules your child has learned from you are going to shape the rules they set for themselves.
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