Forcing your child to do what he doesn’t want to do is never a good idea when it comes to sports, music lessons, academics, or performance skills. The research on this is very clear. You are working to develop a person who can make their own decisions, experience the difficulty and struggle along with the joy and satisfaction of making his own choice and making his own way. He might have a boxing champ in him — or he might recommit to wrestling and that wouldn’t have happened had he just felt pushed.
Support him in his PROCESS of making his decision. Let him know you are there to talk, let him sort out his reasons. You can help point out the pros and cons, but leave your thoughts of what is right for him as not something you will judge him on if he makes a choice different than what you want. When coaches, parents, and teammates offer their opinions they are often trying to persuade based on their needs. Let your son have the dignity of making his own mistakes—or reaping the harvest from his decision. It is his life and learning how to make his own choices is a big part of it.
Wishing you patience and peace,
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral