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Recent content by Mommysunshine

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    Need advice: I am dreading this meet season

    This is DD 6th year competing. A younger level team mate's mom asked me about a month ago "aren't you so excited for meet season?" I felt a little bad after because I just shrugged my shoulders and said something like "eh, not anymore." That mom deserved more enthusiasm from me. While I do not...
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    What are you thankful for?

    I am thankful my DD gym went from JO only to xcel only 4 years ago. Where we live there are no other gym options. Xcel has allowed her to be in competitive robotics, school track and field and go to state fair in 4H. She is 13, in 8th grade, and this will be her 6th year competing gymnastics...
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    Full time working parents who use full time daycamp in summer - how do you accommodate summer hours?

    This summer our gym had the older girls practicing starting at 10 or 11 depending on the day and younger at 8. DD is older and the only time I could drop off was 8, and I had to ask family members to pick her up. I let the coach know that DD was coming in early to help with the younger kids...
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    Incentives

    I see it done a lot. By very well meaning parents. I'm not sure it really helps the gymnast. I think it just puts more pressure on them. Gymnasts are usually very hard on themselves and put plenty of pressure on themselves. I think an incentive can imply if they don't get whatever the...
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    Validate me, please! (illness and meets)

    I am a gym mom and a family physician. Had similar with my DD over Christmas break. Kept her out of her first meet. She was not happy that I kept her out but it was the right thing to do. She was not qite back to 100 percent. Had not been to practice in a week. I did not want to potentially...
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    Would you rather...

    Depends both on gym and gymnast. My DD always wanted to move up even if skills were so so and wasn't worried about podium. Most years she would start at the back of the pack but progress place wise throughout the season. Other teammates wanted a year of podium and repeated levels. (I've...
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    8 am meet - best foods for gymnast?

    My dd favorite before a meet right now is banana and chocolate milk. Maybe not perfect nutrition but pretty good. And a while ago I compared nutrition on a chocolate protein shake and chocolate milk and I remember thinking the milk came out ahead overall. Hard to want to eat early and even...