How to Not be “That Guy”

You’ve seen him. He eagerly attends his kids’ games (and unfortunately yours’ as well) and suddenly fashions himself the Vince Lombardi of the grandstands. One minute in, he shakes his head and makes disapproving comments he pretends to keep under his breath. Overcome by his desire to “help” the coach get the best out of his kid (and yours), he screams out reminders colored with frustration and disappointment. Much like an overprotective mother who never allows her child to taste disappointment, he means well and genuinely...

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The Themes of Dad’s Playbook

If you’re like most of us parents, you can use all the guidance and inspiration you can get on a daily basis. I’m always on the lookout for life lessons that can be applied to parenthood. When I find them, I’m compelled to share. Because, as I state clearly in my new book, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time, “Parenting is no easy business.” That’s the opening line of the section titled, “Teach and Learn.” In the book, I collected over one hundred quotes from the greatest...

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Seven Ways to Encourage Your Child

In celebration of the release of my book, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time (its main theme is encouragement), I offer thee seven ways to encourage your child! It’s so easy to slip into the discouraging parental mode – they give us so many opportunities! That makes it all the more important to make a conscious effort to encourage whenever we can. Trust me, they’ll be more apt to listen when they know you’re on their side. Wouldn’t you be? Believe- It all starts here. You can...

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Helping Young Children with Transitions

We’ve all been there. You have someplace to go and your child doesn’t want to leave. Welcome. The good news is: you have lots of choices of how to react. The bad news is: you have lots of choices of how to react. Hypothetically Speaking There’s always bribery, tricking, yelling, grabbing, and racing (desperate times…) but let’s suppose, for the sake of argument, you genuinely care about your child, and you want to create the foundation of a lifelong relationship based on genuine trust, honest communication, and...

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Applying Vygotsky’s ZPD to Parenting

•Scaffolding Your Child’s Whole Development• If you ever wake up and think, “Gosh, I just love how as a parent, society gives me no respect, gratitude or support.” And you wonder, “How can I get more of the same?” Well, you might decide to go into early childhood education! Should you decide to get an advanced degree – since, as we know, you are in it for the money, you will undoubtedly come across the name of Lev Vygotsky. He was an educational psychologist primarily interested in how children learn and develop and how society...

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