Bring It On!
Bring it on, I yelled to my kids.
Ill pin you both at the same
You think so? my daughter yelled
back. Youre gonna get what you
deserve! My son came at me from the front,
while my daughter snuck around behind me. I spun to
the ground, and was assaulted on both sides. It was
only a matter of time before they each had a
shoulder pinned to the ground.
While they celebrated their victory, I planned
my next attack, knowing that the
results of the battle were far less
important than the battle itself.
Do you want to be an effective father?
One of the easiest ways to be effective is to
wrestle with your kids. Not only is it loads of
fun, but its benefits go a long ways towards
teaching your kids some valuable lessons.
When your child wrestles with you, they learn
many things simultaneously. They learn that you
care about them enough to spend time with them.
They learn that youre strong, and that if you
wish you can pick them up and throw them out the
window! And they also learn that you can be very
gentle with them at the same time.
Wrestling with your kids allows you to set very
clear limits on whats allowed. Research has
shown that wrestling with your kids helps them to
develop self-control and to gain more discipline.
When a limit has been violated, you can gently and
firmly let your child know whats allowed and
Its extremely important to wrestle with
your daughter as well as your son. When you avoid
wrestling with your daughter, you run the risk of
showing her that you dont believe shes
capable of handling it. She can handle it, and by
doing it you show her you think shes strong
If you have more than one child, you can have
some great wrestling matches with the whole family,
including mom! But as fathers, well often
have a special place in the family as the
fun, physical guy. Well often be
the ones who show our kids how to play. In this
case, we need to be able to show our kids how to
Many fathers have wrestled with their kids
because it just felt right, or because
they remembered their father wrestling with them
when they were young. They had no knowledge of any
research associated with it or that it had great
benefits for their kids.
So keep looking for opportunities to tackle your
son or daughter and take them down to the
It wont be long before your opportunities
© 2010 Mark
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To this day I can remember my father's
voice, singing over me in the stillness of the
night. - Carl G. Jung
a Masters degree in counseling psychology and has
been a counselor, business consultant, sports
counselor, and a certified life and business coach.
He has worked with individuals, teams, and
businesses to improve their performance for over 20
years. Prior to life and business coaching Mark was
a world-ranked professional tennis player and has
coached other world-ranked athletes. He has helped
hundreds of individuals to implement his coaching
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