Sports are more than just fun and games. Striving to win builds confidence, cooperation, concentration, coordination, and creativity. Or at least that’s what you’ve heard. But is that really the case? Isn’t Competition Bad for Kids? “Competition” is a dirty word for some parents. Not only does it put too much pressure on children to…

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The wearing of face masks is becoming a way of life. Even if they are not to be worn while participating in gymnastics and other sports when meets, games and practices do resume the chances are good that at child over the age of 2 or 3 will be asked to wear one when near…

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Family life has changed dramatically as a result of coronavirus containment measures. Weeknights and weekends spent taking active kids to and from extra-curricular activities and sport are on hold indefinitely. For active kids, used to having, for example, gymnastics practice several times a week, this only adds to the stress and confusion they are feeling.…

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According to the American Heart Association, ongoing research shows that the cardiovascular endurance of America’s kids is getting worse. Their research shows a drop of 6% per decade between 1970 and 2010. In fact, the cardiovascular health of children in nations around the world has declined by 5 percent each decade. We just lead the…

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As a parent you no doubt have spent lots of sleepless night wondering how to give your kids the best life possible. Here’s one big answer: stop buying them so many things and instead take that money and give them great, exciting experiences. Research shows they will remember special events and family adventures longer and…

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Were you the best possible gymnastic parent in 2018? We hope so, but there’s always room for improvement. Sometimes it’s far too easy to get lost in hustle and bustle of your child’s schedule and class and contest commitments that the real joy of being a sports parent gets a bit lost. With the New…

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Every parent wants to do the best things for their kids. Every parent wants to find new ways to bond with their kids, especially when they are very young. And every parent certainly wants to make sure that their child is happy and healthy. And the fact is that by participating in a Parent/Tot gymnastics…

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The one thing that all kids have to deal with at some point in their lives, and usually pretty early on as well, is stress. Stress from homework, exams, and, if they are a youth gymnast or other athlete, the stress of competition. While gymnastics and athletics are ultimately designed to be fun for kids,…

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“How was gym today?” is a question every gym parent wants to ask their kid on the car ride home. Unfortunately, this age-old, open-ended question loses it’s importance when the word “fine” become the oh-so-common answer. Here is a list of 25 questions to ask your young athlete (not all in the same day of…

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As a sports parent, you are more than used to shuttling your child between meets and practices, and to supporting them along the way. And these days, as we are all a little more mindful of the need to stay fit, many sports parents take the time during the week to keep themselves in shape…

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