Sooner is better than later.
Holding the line against compromise is difficult. Sometimes it’s a battle of wills between the coach and team. Sometimes it’s a parent who is trying to do the right thing by saying “no” to their wonderful whining child. The temptation to give in is real. Especially when you know you have the power to make the whiner stop. If you have to give in, do it as soon as possible. This is important because if you wait and then give in, the whiner will learn that they can outlast you. If you give in early one time and then hold the line with resolve the next time, they will learn that you mean business past a certain point. Outlasting is winning. Everyone knows it.