Mental Aspect of Childrens Gymnastics
But what does the child want? Primarily, he or she would like to have fun. Secondly, joining a gymnastics program presents a wonderful opportunity to make lots of friends. And finally, there is competition. It is rare to find a youngster who is in the sport for the single-minded reason of competing.
Your Child and Peer Pressure
What can a parent do to ease their child’s challenging existence? Your solid support will help greatly, so does establishing clear communication lines with your child. Let them know that just because “everybody does it”, doesn’t mean they have to go with the flow. Every kid wants to fit in, but not when it means having to hurt someone. Help your child to learn how to say “no” when he or she is being made to do something against better judgment.
Peer pressure is present in gymnastics, as well. Other kids who perform below par – maybe they haven’t gotten that handspring or walkover down to pat – are made to feel inferior and unworthy. The best route to take is reassurance. Reassure your child that he or she is doing really well. That they’re as good as anyone else, even better! Let them that know you have confidence in their abilities, and you’ll have a happy, emotionally healthy child. And that makes all the difference in the world for your youngster to shine and be the best he or she could be.
It’s possible that a coach can make a bad call or a judge make a lopsided decision. They are human after all, and they make human errors. But loudly berating them during a competition sets a bad example for your child. You’re actually showing your kid that it’s fine to be noisy and obnoxious about getting people to see things your way. That’s not the kind of conduct you want to pass on to your child, is it?
A better solution would be to wait until competition is over, and approach the coach or judge. Speak with them quietly; be courteous and reasonable. Your calm and professional manner will get better results than yelling and hurling insults ever will. What’s more, you’ll be showing your child the kind of appropriate and commendable adult behavior that will see him or her in good stead in the future.
“Kids, Don’t Try This At Home!”
If you’re setting up the living room or back yard as an alternative practice venue for your child after gym hours, be extra careful. Every practice area needs to be safe. Space is paramount, and so is a soft, well-padded mat. Your participation at every home-practice session is crucial as your child will need a spotter to catch him or her during falls. So if you and your home cannot meet all these requirements, it would be wise not to even try.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Coach
It’s important to establish a good solid relationship with your child’s coach. Always keep communication lines open so you will know what’s going on at all times. Your child’s coach should be supportive and friendly, and be able answer all your concerns regarding your child and his or her progress in the sport. If you do not feel that kind of welcoming atmosphere, shop around for another coach or another gym.
On the other hand, you also have to realize that a coach
is a very busy person, and is responsible for a multitude
of other kids under his tutelage. Try not to be too overbearing
by monopolizing the coach’s time at every opportunity.
This will not promote your child’s training in any way.