Maybe it was something I just wasn’t aware of as a kid or maybe it has grown in prominence but it seems like every second child I know is doing competitive dance. Kids who have a passion and an aptitude for dance are taking multiple hours of dance a week, honing their skill and gearing up for local, … [Read more...]
Girls dance, sports, and periods!
Okay I realize for some, the topic of girls and their periods is awkward but as a mom to a few girls and a competitive gymnastics coach this is a topic that has come up several times. When was younger (a lot younger!) and competing one of my biggest fears was getting my period while at training … [Read more...]
Children and Competitive Sports – how much is too much?
Back in the days when I was training in gymnastics my training schedule went something like this: Monday: 4 - 9, Tuesday 4 - 9, Wed 4 - 9, Friday 4 - 9, Saturday & Sundays 9am - until whenever we were finished. We trained an average of 35 - 40 hrs a week. These days that is not the norm (well at … [Read more...]
When It’s Time to Quit
One of the things we worry about as parents is that our kids will give up on something too soon. That they won't give it a fair chance. Sometimes we worry that our child will be a quitter. But what happens when it might actually be time to quit?My son started playing competitive soccer kind of by … [Read more...]