My daughter (level 2) is cautious. She thinks through everything before she does it, and doesn't take many uncalculated risks. She loves gymnastics and has done well until recently, pushing through her fears bit by bit. It stretches her, and I usually think that's a good thing. Lately, we've had so many tears. She knows (and her coach has said) that fear is holding her back from getting the skills she needs to move up. She's disheartened by seeing other kids moving up who also don't have the same skills - I don't understand why that's allowed, but that's a different topic. It seems that her fear and hesitancy is the distinguishing factor here. I know we can keep encouraging her and she can push through. BUT.....at what cost? When is it time to walk away? I've always maintained that she can walk away from gymnastics any time, BUT I don't want it to be in midst of fear and frustration. She has loved gymnastics and I don't want her to leave on these terms. But sometimes you just have to, I think. And yet, fear tends to grow if you give it the space to, and I feel that's what we'd be doing if we offered to let her quit right now. I clearly need advice from someone who has been farther done this road than we have.