For her love of the sport

For her love of the sport

So we start the year full of energy (well, at least my daughter)… she is back in gymnastics, we took a 3 month break. She was so excited this morning, couldn’t decide on the gym suit to wear.

This month marks her first year in gymnastics, she really likes it, she asks daddy to get her “monkey bars” and a balance beam so she can practice at home… but her coach said is not time for her to practice without coach supervision yet.

My girl will turn 4 next month, since she was a baby she was always hyper, running, jumping and climbing everything!! So when she turned 3 my husband and I decided she needed an activity so she could release all that energy. Having a daughter, of course my first thought was Ballet !!!…. I took her to a local (very prestigious) academy, for a class free class, I was so excited…. 10 minutes in the class and my daughter said “mommy I don’t like it, is boring”… lol the instructor/teacher had all the girls formed in line, warming up, etc, etc… my girl wanted to run and was hanging from the bar they have against the wall —–sorry, am not a ballet person and don’t know what that bar is called— So we left in the middle of the class, the lady in the front desk suggested to take her to gymnastics.

I did some research and found a fantastic gymnastics academy near my house… I called and asked for a “free class”, just to test the waters and see if my girl would like it. We went to her first class, “she is a natural” the coach said… so I enrolled her in the program… my girl actually cried at the end of the first class, she did not want to leave the gym.

My girl is definitely a daredevil… she loves riding her bike, her scooter, now wants a skateboard… and did I say she climbs everything?

You know, I kind of resent my parents because they never enrolled me in any after-school activity… and is not they could not afford it, they had the necessary means; A couple of weeks ago, speaking with my mom… we were talking about my daughter gymnastics schedule, swimming lessons, pre-school etc… and I asked her why she never take me to gymnastics or music or something…. she said “because you never asked for”?… Are you kidding me? I said “mom you were the adult, you never gave me any options”!! I remember I always wanted to join the Girl Scouts, I asked my parents to take me, they always had en excuse and I guess I did not ask enough; I always wanted to play the piano (and had great ear for it) but they did not support that either. I think it was because my mom was lazy (don’t get me wrong, I adore my mom) but she did not want to get out of her comfort zone to take me and my sister to those classes.

I get it, is a hassle… but today I did it even took with us our little one (3 months); The gym was freezing cold, next time I’ll get a babysitter so the little one stays home.

My point is, it is important for children to have a sports activity, or art, music… whatever besides school. —I remember when I was in elementary school, many of my friends were either gymnasts, ballerinas or took karate classes… I did not do anything besides school… I did not belong to a “group” outside school, and it made me feel incomplete.

I will encourage my daughter to follow her passions and to try new things so she can decide if she wants to keep pursuing them or not (like music, karate, ballet, tennis, golf)… she will at least try, then decide.

For now, I am a gymnastics mom…. and in about 15 months my littlest one will attend her first gymnastics class and ballet class…. hopefully she’ll be my ballerina !!

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