Ages & Stages
Kendall Chones has Wine & Gold in his DNA. His father, Jim Chones, a Cavaliers Legend and current Cavs Radio Network color analyst, raised him to have moral values, love Cleveland and the game of basketball. After playing college basketball at Colgate University, Kendall has spent the past almost 10 years playing professional basketball and coaching throughout Europe.
Today, he is thrilled to be back in his hometown serving as the Head Coach of Cavs Academy, taking the lead on revamped Cavaliers youth basketball clinics and summer camp initiatives. He and his team of experienced coaches provide a winning combination of quality skills, drills and fun at each Cavs Academy clinic.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to teach kids the right way to learn and develop skills to become successful players,” Chones explains of his new role.
Coach’s Advice to Parents
How do I know when my child is ready to play basketball? “I’m a firm believer that kids need to be kids first. That said, they can start playing at any age they show interest! Anyone who is willing to listen and learn is ready to play. We coach boys and girls ages 5–14. I did not start playing organized until I was 10!”
What if my child has never played before/what if my child is very experienced—is Cavs Academy for them? “Every child is welcomed into our Academy. Our programs are strategically designed to teach and improve fundamental basketball, regardless of experience. The players are separated based on age and ability to develop at the most efficient way possible.”
What is your coaching philosophy? “Quality content with quality coaching. I’ve hired every coach to teach unique curriculum for each clinic. I am a staunch supporter of maintaining a positive working culture when it comes to coaching. We infuse a mix of what you’ll see the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers doing on the court (style of play) with a European-fundamental based clinic structure that I’ve brought home from years of playing and coaching overseas.”
What sets Cavs Academy apart from other youth clinics?...
Sometimes I just find myself a little disconnected. I try to stay hip and in the know with all the kids’ stuff, but it’s tough to keep up. So how do you meet kids where they are in order to communicate?
I found myself feeling a little lost when I finally sat down at dinner with my girls and started asking about their day. It was always the same questions: “How was your day?” “What did you do?”
I kept thinking I needed to come up with more creative questions because this just wasn’t cutting it. I would always get the same answers. “It was good.” “Didn’t do much.”
I really wanted to make the most out of the conversations I was having with my kids. But where do I start? How can I get creative? How do I pull it out of them? I wanted to know about the ups and downs of their day, so I started to really think about it. One of things that I started to do was ask very specific questions. Things like, “What did you eat for breakfast?” “Who did you sit by at lunch today?” And it worked! It’s really amazing how much better the conversations got when I asked them more targeted questions about their day.
We also have fun now playing a game at dinner called “High, Low, High.” It’s been around a long time, but it doesn’t get old. We all go around the table giving a high of our day, a low, and then end with another high. My youngest loves it so much, she now asks to play it before we even say anything.
I love that it teaches the girls to be thankful, too. We all have lows and we always will, but we all have highs, too, so we should be thankful for those....
Skinny jeans? They’re probably ending up on the bottom of your teen’s jean pile these days. Oh, and if you’ve been wondering why your teen stashed his plain white sneakers in the back of the closet — you know, way back behind his hockey gear — that’s because no one is wearing them anymore. Figuring out exactly what is and isn’t trendy when it comes to teen fashions can be tricky — that’s why Northeast Ohio Parent has taken the guesswork out of refreshing your teen’s style. We talked to fashion experts to find out what teens will be wearing this spring. Spoiler: t-shirts and jeans are always in — just with a little different style this season.
- Classic kicks
White and sky-high platform sneakers just aren’t in anymore. Your teen will most likely be begging for sneakers in classic styles and colors, along with textured fabrics.
- Bomber jackets
“One of the great things to wear for outerwear are bomber jackets,” explains Daisy Tran, a shopping expert at DealsPlus.com, a community of savvy shoppers. “Satin bomber jackets are super trendy right now.” Tran also notes that windbreakers are making a comeback, too.
- Showing some shoulder
Off-the-shoulder shirts. Subtle shoulder cut outs. One-shoulder shirts. This spring, expect to see plenty of shirts to show off shoulders, says Tran, who’s based in northern California. It’s a flattering style that’s easy to pull off and doesn’t show too much skin (after all, higher necklines are in, too).
What’s the hot color for spring 2017? “Blush and bubble gum pink,” notes Tran. Not only does the more muted color work well with many skin tones, it’s easy to mix and match with clothing your teen probably already has hanging in her closet (or more accurately, strewn across her bedroom).
- High-waisted & vintage jeans
Jeans will remain the go-to mainstay for style — with a few tweaks....
In what seems like the blink of an eye, tots become teenagers. Though some may be unwilling, parents now have to embrace their child’s new stage of development — teen dating.
It doesn’t have to be a nail-biting experience for mom and dad when approached with curiosity and candid conversation, says Dr. Lisa Doane, a clinical psychologist based in Rocky River.
Doane provides empowering guidelines to help set the foundation of communication about dating for your teens.
Provide an Education
Talk, talk, talk! You may assume your child knows what a healthy relationship looks like, and all the facts they need to know about sex. However, it’s very likely that they don’t or have at least some degree of misinformation. Talk early and often (sometimes directly, sometimes simply within earshot) about all the things you want them to know — what it means to be a good, caring, respectful partner; how to ask for what they want and say no to things they don’t want; how to negotiate and deescalate arguments and ways to identify signs that a relationship isn’t working.
Set your Expectations
Include your teen in discussions about expectations and boundaries in dating. You can avoid significant problems later on by being clear from the beginning on issues around curfew, frequency and length of dates, who will be expected to pay for dates, and any other rules you may have for their dating. If you can include your child in a friendly negotiation around these concerns, they will be more inclined to understand your expectations and adhere to them, and this will build trust during this time when it is so essential.
Be genuinely open to meeting their new date. You may be feeling protective or defensive, or simply sad that your child is growing up quickly and moving on to this new phase of life — but it’s important that parents keep an open mind when meeting their teen’s new potential boyfriend or girlfriend.