HOW TO BE A GOOD WRESTLING PARENT- 10 Must Rules
Updated: Mar 22, 2022
1. Say that you believe in them!
2. Acknowledge their performance, not their outcome. A kid should be praised for positive qualities like wrestling hard, maintaining composure, and never quitting. If you compliment them too much for winning, they will learn that winning is everything.
3. Communicate that you love them, & are proud of them, NO MATTER WHAT! What is most important is fun, and happiness- you might be surprised how much more success this brings with it. Reinforce winning is a much lower priority on the totem pole.
4. Try not to talk too much about wrestling at home. Make your home a place of rest, positivity, and healing.
5. Ask your kid's permission before giving an opinion. For example, "Would you mind if I give you my opinion?"
6. Do not discuss rankings and newspapers articles with your kid if you read them.
7. Be positive and supportive. In most cases, this is what your kid wants.
8. Understand your parental role. A coach coaches. A wrestler wrestles. The officials officiate, etc. There should be little overlap between them.
9. If in doubt, BACK OFF! Even when it's really tough, it's often the right thing to do.
10. Lastly, don't make tournament day a huge deal.
Note: Most kids want to please their parents. Kids are acutely aware of their parents' opinions more than anyone else. Even the best wrestlers are sensitive to the praise and critique of their parents. UNDERSTAND THIS- You have the power to help them or hurt them more than anyone else!
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