Suggested discussion points:
–Time management will be a crucial life skill, affecting his future success in academics, his career, and his ability to juggle work and home life. This is a good time to learn how to prioritize, plan, and not leave things to the last minute.
–Rather than not allowing Brian to go to the pick-up game, Mom lets Brian make his own decisions, then encourages him to learn from his experience and change future choices accordingly. See Diana Baumrind's research on parenting styles (authoritative vs. authoritarian).
–Effort is highly dependent on the degree to which one is inspired by the task at hand (soccer versus clarinet, for example). Mom never had to remind Brian to get ready to go to his soccer games, or push him to practice his athletic skills.