I loved his books, especially “They Call Me Coach” and “Wooden,” A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court. I
would like to share with you an excerpt of that that book on Parenting
Wooden writes: “I think parenting and coaching are the same thing. And they are the two most important professions in the world.
Parents are coaches, the first coaches a child has. Too many parents expect the coaches and teachers at school to do what they are
not doing at home. The parents must set the foundation early. It is
often too late by the time a child goes to school.
MY FAVORITE FOUR-LETTER WORDS: “KIDS” AND “LOVE”
The greatest word in the whole dictionary is love. Love your children. Listen to them. Remember that love is the most powerful medicine in the world.
Do not force them or drive them too hard. Set the example of what you want them to be. Try always to be a good model. Children are impatient. They want to do right, but they maybe don’t know how. Maybe you haven’t taught them how. Being a
good example is a powerful teaching device. This verse is accurate:”
No written word
Nor spoken plea
Can teach our youth
what they should be
Nor all the books
on all the shelves
It’s what the teachers
Coach Wooden comments: “I think that’s it. Those teachers are the mothers and fathers, and their most powerful tool is love.”