I coach youth wrestling and this year I’ve ran into my first trouble kid. He teases other kids, makes undermining comments about practice and clearly has a problem with authority. My initial reaction was to pull him aside and reprimand him for the behavior but I believe that might be an all to common problem at leading to the behavior now. I recently got my certification and I’m sure I’ll run into people down the road with similar problems. Not sure what to do any suggestions?
I would definitely both talk with the child and the parents. There is no bad child, just underlying reasons for behavior. While the behavior could be lack of parental supervision, etc., I wouldn’t be so quick to judge. It could be many things, including a behavioral condition.
You’ll get a better feel for the issues if you talk to the parents and see their response and willingness, or unwillingness, to address and help correct the situation. In the meantime, you could give the child some additional responsibilities to make him feel important and more connected to the team.