How Critical Are You to you Child's Performance? Learn Five Ways You Can Stop Criticizing and Begin Boosting your Child’s Success

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Your kids want to do well in school, and, as their parent, you want them to. But whatÂ?s the secret to success? How do you learn to be constructive when youÂ?re inclined to be critical? Devin Durrant, all-American basketball player, professional athlete, and highly successful businessman presents nine essentials to your childÂ?s success in sports, academics and life.

It is common for parents to find themselves frustrated by their child’s performance in sports and school. Expressing the frustration and criticizing your child is just as common, even when you know you shouldn’t be critical. But what can I do, you may ask. As parent/mentor, there’s a lot you can do. One of the first things is to become a positive role model or mentor in your child’s life.

“Whether your child loves sports, music, drama or art, it’s all right if your child dislikes the coach,” says Devin Durrant, author of "Raising An All American: Helping Your Child Excel in Athletics (and in Life)" (Spring Creek Book Company, $16.95, “But it is not all right if he despises you. You can teach and encourage, but you can’t compel.”

To help you become a positive role model and mentor in your child’s life, Durrant offers five lessons you can share with your child:

1. Help Her Be Coachable. It takes respect and the desire to please her coach.

2. Allow No Excuses. Whatever mistakes your child makes (and he will make some), he must learn to accept responsibility for them.

3. Take Constructive Criticism and Move On. It is through constructive criticism that we better ourselves. Your child must understand the importance of constructive criticism to her development, and also learn that it is not personal, but can boost her overall success.

4. Hope for the Best and Make the Best of the Worst. Your child may have many coaches during his career. He must understand that the coach is in charge even though he may have little to contribute to your child’s success.

5. Prepare Instead of Complain. Things won’t always go the way you or your child want. Help her understand that better preparation is key to winning the coach’s enthusiasm and support.

Are you ready to play a bigger role in your child’s development? Are you ready to learn all the tips that will make you a truly effective mentor? Visit to learn the "Secrets of an All American: Nine Ways to Succeed Where Others Fail."


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