Loving Your Gymnast Better

We wouldn’t dare try to claim that we are parenting experts, but we DO know a little about kiddos in the gym. We get asked frequently what we think is the best for these amazing children we coach and, honestly, we believe that the best thing for your kiddos is to figure out what they need to feel loved. When children feel loved and secure, they feel confident and happy… and when it comes to gymnastics, the BEST gymnasts are the confident and happy ones!

So often, in the hustle and bustle of the busy gymnastics world with carpools, traveling, meet season, homework, and bedtime, we forget that our gymnasts are still children who look up to their parents more than anyone else. The best thing we, as parents to gymnasts, can do (in our humble opinion) is to pay close attention to what our children need to feel loved and then love them in that way!

If they need you to watch their new skill, make sure you do! If they need you to be the loudest, most obnoxious cheerleader at meets, scream your lungs off. If they need you to take them to ice cream after a good practice, then indulge every now and then! If they need you to snuggle with them at night and talk to them about practice, budget that into the bedtime routine at the end of the day. Every child is different, just as every one of us parents feel loved differently! By simply loving your children the way they need it, you’ll develop a better, healthier relationship with them in and out of the gym!

Since there are many ways to figure that out, we thought we’d direct you to a few of OUR favorite books that have helped us with our own kiddos at home–along with learning ways to understand and love our gym kids. Its easy to love your kids–but loving them the way that fits their needs can do wonders for their confidence, happiness, and success in the gym (and, of course, in life!).

What are YOUR favorite books that have helped you with YOUR gymnasts? We’d love to get some recommendations to help us in our parenting journey!

1. The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell
Here’s a quiz to get started!|

2. Bringing Up Girls by James C. Dobson

3. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker

4. Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeker


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