Parenting tip: One of the toughest aspects of parenting is saying no, and yet it’s sometimes necessary. Together with your husband, embrace your son’s independence, as with choosing his own sport (when you have safety concerns regarding a sport he chooses, then as the parent, you do have the final word). Find ways to connect with your son around his interests. Your son’s investment in playing sports demonstrates his motivation and desire to grow, all things you want to foster and be proud of.
Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach helping parents help their children using simple, solution-focused strategies. Send your parenting questions to kate@kateroberts andassociates.com, search for Dr. Kate Roberts on Facebook or visit her Winning Parents blog at www.drkateroberts.com. Look for her upcoming column on Instagram and how and at what age your child should be using it.