Avoiding the Parent Trap

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Avoiding the parent trap in Gymnastics

Of all the wonderful things that sports offers our kids today, I never thought that I would get sucked into the so-called “parent trap”. I admit, it’s not one of my proudest moments, I was turning into “that” gym mom. Luckily, I came to see the err of my ways early on and was able to course correct. In a world … Read More

CHEERS to Gymnastics Moms For These 20 Things

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Unless you are a gym mom, it’s hard for others to see how much you sacrifice for your child in order for them to participate in a sport such as gymnastics. Gym moms give up a lot in terms of time, money and energy so they can support and encourage their athlete to be all that they can be. Other sports parents … Read More

Big dreams or Realistic goals?

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Dream Big, Set Goals, Take Action

Last week I read a Facebook post where a mother of a gymnast was in a panic because her daughter wasn’t going to move up a level this year. This repetition caused her daughter (and the mother) much frustration. The daughter had set big goals for herself. She started competing in gymnastics in 2014 at the age of ten. This … Read More

A Letter to New Gymnastics Mom

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Dear New Team Mom, A big warm welcome to the team!! Get ready for an amazing ride filled with many ups and downs and plenty of plateaus. I am sure your athlete was ecstatic about being asked to join team and worked really hard to get there. She was jumping up and down with her team mates and couldn’t wait to … Read More

It’s Only Gymnastics.

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Photo Credit: Will Ferrell from Kicking and Screaming Last week I heard a story about a family who got kicked out of a gymnastics competition because the father caused a huge emotional scene during his daughter’s competition. The little girl was on bars and fell on her front hip circle. The dad was clearly upset and started having a fit. … Read More

5 Tips To Help Keep Gymnastics Fun

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KEEP GYMNASTICS FUN

Did you know that according to a 2014 research study by George Washington University, the number 1 reason why athletes quit their sport is because it is no longer fun? Did you know that 75% of athletes will quit by the time they are 13? As parents, what do we do with this information? Parents have a large part to … Read More

How to Find the Right Gymnastics Gym/Club

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Gymnastics Club

Gymnastics is a great activity for kids of all ages and abilities. In addition to amazing upper and lower body strength, gymnastics also helps kids develop balance, co-ordination, flexibility, and self-confidence. Not to mention, the gym is a great place to have a ton of fun. If you are thinking about getting your son or daughter into gymnastics, you need … Read More

What Parents Need to Know at the First Gymnastics Meet

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Gymnastics Meet

Your son or daughter’s first gymnastics meet is coming up and you are probably beside yourself with excitement. You’ve been to practices, you’ve talked to the coaches, and even older team members parents, so you think you’re good to go, right? Nope. No matter how prepared you think you are, you are probably going to be confused the moment you … Read More

30 Things Gymnastics Parents Should Avoid

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Whether you are a newbie gymnastics parent or an old pro, you have probably heard all the things gymnastics parents are supposed to do but have you heard of all the things you shouldn’t do. Gymnastics is beneficial physically and mentally for gymnasts in all levels of competition, and as parents there are things we definitely shouldn’t do to make … Read More