Fierce

 “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night Dream This kid of mine, she wants to fly....more

Flying

My daughter's long lanky frame is suspended in mid-air. The sound of her body whipping around the bar resonates throughout the gym. I have always believed that little girls can fly. To prove this, she sails through the air above my head. Her hands reach from one bar to another.Jump, twist, turn, repeat. Jump, twist, turn, repeat.This repetition of skills plays over and over. Occasionally, she stops for a quick drink of water and to run her hands through the chalk bucket. A clap of dust rises beside the bars. With a quick adjustment to her grips, she is flying again....more

Inferior

When did my daughter start thinking she was fat?It began with the need to cover up her leotard at gymnastics.My three girls ran into the gym and started peeling off their sweatpants and shirts. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed her, still fully dressed, fiddling with her shoelaces. “Can I leave on my pants?” she asked.I chalked it up to the gym feeling a bit chilly. Soon, she started wearing her pants and a shirt over the leotard until she eventually refused to even put on a leotard for class....more

Parent to Parent: Letter to my gymnastics team

Every day we expect so much of our girls. We expect them to deal with extreme amounts of physical and mental stress at such a young age. We expect them to understand what it means to be a team without a real example. We expect them to self motivate and find encouragement outside of us. This is a lot! This is not football, soccer, or cheerleading. This sport may be a true individual sport but the strength and motivation comes from the team. The only one that truly understands what it really takes is their teammate. At this stage in the game emotional pulls are getting stronger....more

Burn Out in Children

Recognizing ‘Burn out’ in your child is very important. It’s easy to see it in adults because being stressed is just apart of adulthood. A child who loves their sport dreams about it, worries about it, get’s upset about it, works at it and lives it. Not to different from what we adults do everyday. So lets think about what we do when we are stressed out: Our eating habits and sleep patterns change, our emotions become unpredictable, our pain response never fits the injury, and nothing makes us happy. This is your child suffering ‘Burn out’....more

Olympic Fever

I love the Olympics.  They make you feel and do strange things, such as: (1) Mutter to yourself, after a bottle of Vegetable oil topples out of the top cabinet, “Oh man.  So close.  It sucks to fall.” (2)  Hold your head up high and prance around on the pads of your feet as you walk across the kitchen floor towards the trash to dump used coffee grounds.  Because you normally walk that way and all. ...more

The Butt Monologues

When I picked Babyface up from gymnastics the other day, she was missing. Kids ran out giving their parents hugs and kisses as I slowly seeped into a moment of panic. When I pick her up from anywhere, there’s about a 30-second grace period before I have a full-on freak out, if she’s not within eyeshot. Her friend came out and announced that Babyface had fallen and was crying. Kids don’t give details like, “this happened earlier today.” They don’t comprehend tense. They make it sound like it happened right at that moment and it always sounds catastrophic. ...more

How To Handle A Queen Bee Mom (Without A Fist Fight)

A couple of months ago, I signed my kids up for gymnastics. They love it, but I’m about to beat the crap out of this Alpha mom whose kid has been on the team for years. We had this little incident, and now she keeps giving me the stinkeye as well as pointing to my kid and making comments. (My kid is very talented and will probably make the team.) I’m there twice a week and it’s getting harder and harder not to snatch her up. Please give me some perspective on what to do....more
I have to disagree about ignoring her. I'd CALMLY (the tone is really important) say something ...more

Blingy Club Mommies

When my first daughter was born I was eager to know all the information a Mommy would need, I scoured the Internet for months preparing myself for illness, developmental milestones, the newest learning toys and anything that I could add to my arsenal of Mommy hood to prepare myself and my Darling Daughter. Fast forward 7 years, add another child and the challenges of life and here I am....more

Competitive sports for your kids: are you a fan?

When I was a child, my parents were very strict about extra-curricular activities.  Anything music-related was generally encouraged, but sports were looked down upon.  "You're in school to learn," sniffed my father.  "You're not going to be a famous athlete.  Sports are a waste of time." ...more

While sports for the children are essential to me, I think it is critical to make it fun.  I ...more

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