Original thread: http://www.chalkbucket.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4832Do you think that certain parents (maby at your gymn)
Can be to pushy and can over push their children.
Also what do you think about parents being coaches
do you think it adds difficulty or its help the gymnast.
Finaly if your a coach and a mom/dad do you coach your
own children or get other people to coach them!
So, can parents be too pushy? Lemme think about thiYES PARENTS CAN BE WAY TOO PUSHY, AND THEY VERY FREQUENTLY ARE.
I coach several girls who I'm positive would be much better gymnasts if their parents would learn to shut up and let the kids enjoy it.
I've said many times before that the duty of pushing a kid forward should fall on the kid and the coach, NOT the parent. The best thing a parent can do is to be unconditionally supportive of their kid.
And a depressing number of parents just don't get this.
As for parents coaching their kids, I'm not really sure. I would avoid it if possible, but it can be done effectively as long as the parent/coach is able to treat the two roles (parent and coach) as being distinct from each other. If you want to coach your kid, you need to treat them as you would any other kid while you're in the gym, and any pressure/pushing you're doing as a coach should cease the moment you walk out the door. In other words, you need to be able to switch between coach mode and parent mode and avoid mixing the two.
This is all based on observation, not experience; I don't have any kids of my own.