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LeBron James Pays Homage to the Mothers in His Life

The NBA superstar credits his mother and his girlfriend for making him both the athlete and the family man he is today.

Parenting Tips From LeBrons and Gloria James continued...

Leave your troubles at the door. Despite financial worries and other challenges, Gloria always had time for her son. "When I was growing up, things were always against her," says LeBron, "but she never brought it to me."

Patience and selflessness go a long way. "The most important -- and sometimes the hardest -- lesson to learn is patience," says Gloria. "It doesn't matter if you are sick and tired. Your baby doesn't know that, doesn't know when you are irritated. And it's always about that baby, it's not about you."

Learn by doing, and then doing again. "You might have to change diapers a thousand times a day," says Gloria. "That might not sound cool, but if you haven't had to raise a child, you just have to learn."

Look to the best teachers. "When it comes to raising my kids," LeBron says, "I'm definitely going to steal from my mom's playbook."

Reviewed on April 22, 2010

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