For Parents This time it's final.

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Livinatthegym

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No going back.

We're done.

Dd2 has been in the gym since age 3, on the developmental "teams" or competing since age 4. She can't remember a time without gymnastics, and now we're stepping into the great beyond. I'm a little nervous for her. Our coach is very sad. Dd2 has gotten some huge skills this summer.

We'll sign her up for tumbling, but dd1 is the coach's assistant for the tumbling class. Keep your fingers crossed on that one.

We'll be joining a health club where fencing is offered, and I have her signed up for beginning fencing.

I hope the reduction in training time means she'll finally start growing.

Anyway, I'm ready to be done running my life around the gym schedule and start running it around stuff that happens at the school.
 
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gymmomntc2e6

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Good luck to all of you. That would be hard for me. Sometimes I think I like it at the gym more than her (except that she usually has to be dragged out :D ). Keep us posted on all the time filling activities you find.
 
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msl529

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Wow, I am sorry to hear it in some ways, but happy for you in others. Even though you know it is the right thing to do, it must still feel like a loss. Good luck to all of you!
 

gymjourneymom

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We know this was a decision that was not made lightly...best of luck to your DD with her new endeavors. Please keep us posted on how she enjoys her new found freedom & new experiences. Fencing sounds VERY interesting. I love to hear what new things gymnasts try upon leaving team. Best of luck to your DD:)
 

Livinatthegym

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Wow, I am sorry to hear it in some ways, but happy for you in others. Even though you know it is the right thing to do, it must still feel like a loss. Good luck to all of you!
It really does, especially after dd2 had such a good year last year and has made so many big skills this summer. I have to keep looking at the checkbook to remind myself just how good a thing this can be.
 
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GymTwinsMom

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I hope she does well in fencing and her tumbling class with her big sis ;)
 

mariposa

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I think you are an awesome mom for letting her go back and try and then letting her make her own decision. Many moms would have pushed for her to compete since she did so well, but you didn't. I think she also will be able to leave the sport more easily now that she left, went back and has decided to leave competitive gymnastics herself.

I hope she finds other things she loves and uses all the skills she has learned over the years to do well in whatever they may be.

And I hope you find lots of cool things to do with your extra money and time. :D
 

Livinatthegym

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I think you are an awesome mom for letting her go back and try and then letting her make her own decision. Many moms would have pushed for her to compete since she did so well, but you didn't. I think she also will be able to leave the sport more easily now that she left, went back and has decided to leave competitive gymnastics herself.
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Well, it wasn't easy. I see her at practice working her double-back dismount or her blind change and I think, "Why don't you want to compete that?" She has this really cool split leap on beam where she changes directions. If we had specialists, with reduced practice hours, I'm sure she'd be all over that. She loves the sport, especially her bars. Just, unlike her sister, she doesn't feel the need to have every moment of every day crammed full of organized activities.
 

mariposa

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I am sure it wasn't easy for you, but that makes you even more awesome. Though I can only imagine how hard it is for you. It is too bad that they don't have even specialists in some way for optionals.
 

gym law mom

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I'm sure you are somewhat relieved that she made the decison and at the same time sad that she chose not to continue. But things end and new things begin. She sounds like quite the active and smart kid and I'm sure will find alot of other things to take up her time(and yours). Should be a hoot to watch her take a tumbling class semi taught by older sis!!!

Don't leave us now----come by with words of wisdom and updates on both girls.
 
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flippymonkeysmom

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Big hugs to both of you. Going back was probably the best thing she could have done - now she knows for sure she just doesn't want it anymore. She has some really awesome memories I'm sure though - and getting those skills is something she will always look back on with pride - very few ever get to that point.

Good luck to her in the next phase of her life - and of course we all fully expect you not to ditch all your CB friends:D
 

DEMom

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Good luck to you and your daughters. As you know we've been without gym for 4 months and I am really enjoying the extra time as is my DD. She is truly ok, loving life and is settling down into a traditional teenager's life with time for sports and time for other things. I'm sure your DD2 has taken all the good life lessons from the sport and will look back with many fond memories. She will move onto the next wonderful chapter of her life and be ok as will mom. Good Luck to both of you, oh and DD1 too.:):)
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bogwoppit

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I am glad for you both that it is final, that you are both clear and that she is ready to stop.

I know the transition is not easy, but she is young and her life will fill up quickly, I am sure you will find many ways to spend you gas and tuition money in the coming months.

We all will be in your shoes one day and I hope that I can handle it with as much grace and wisdom as you have. Your dd will have learned many thing from the experience because of the insightful way you have dealt with the issue.

Keep in touch, we'd all love to know how things go for both of you.
 

kristilyn73

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Living... I think it is going to be harder on you than her!

Just check in once and while to get your 'gym mom' fix..

Hugs to both of you!
 
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