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Gymnastics Mom Survival Guide

Here is a survival guide for moms whose kids are in gymnastics:

Initial Training:

Usually basic training is 1-2 hours for 6-8 weeks.  Most parents are so excited about their kid starting gymnastics that they can sit in the viewing area of the gym and watch every move the kid makes.  No problem!

Competition/ Meet Training:

Now your child has advanced to competitive gymnastics.  This means more time commitment to training.  Training hours at the gym can run for 3 – 5 hours a day/ 4 – 5 days a week.  Here are some things you can do to pass the time.

If the gym is close to home:

  • Go home and take care of the million other things you need to do around the house!
  • Run errands
  • Visit friends or relatives that live near the gym
  • Drive your other kids to their practices/games
  • Go to a restaurant with the other gymnast moms

If the gym is far from home:

You might not want to waste time or gas going home because by the time you get home, it’s time to go back.  So I suggest the following:

  • Take up a hobby like reading or knitting/crocheting
  • Invest in a tablet and download games, watch movies or catch up on your favorite TV episodes
  • Bring snacks – Veggies, chips, cookies, etc.  Whatever floats your boat.

If the gym is a part of a park district, sign up for a class.  Zumba, Yoga or whatever may interest you during practice time to make the time go much faster.

At Competitions/Meets:

  • Invest in a bleacher seat  – Most competitions/meets are in gymnasiums with bleacher seating.  4 hours of sitting in the bleachers is not fun or comfortable
  • Bring snacks – Most meets will have vendors that sell nachos, popcorn, etc.  But why spend the money?  You will probably stop to get something to eat after the meet anyway

These are just a few things that I can think of to survive being a gymnast mom.  Please feel free to leave suggestions that work for you.

8 Responses to Gymnastics Mom Survival Guide

  1. Hi Phyllis –
    Great advise. I competed through college, and then coach a competitive boys team for many years. You are right on! This is great advise for anyone with a child in competitive gymnastics. Gymnastics is an incredible sport that teaches the gymnast a number of great life-skills. However, the meets are quite time consuming, so having a few strategies like the old you name above are very helpful.
    Thanks again – Brian

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  • Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the comments. Unless you’re involved in the sport you don’t realize how much time is involved. I have signed up for a Zumba class while my daughter is at practice and it makes the time go by much quicker. And when practice is over, why is my daughter the last one to come out??! LOL!!

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  • Great information. I will definitely be watching all of initial training! Then we’ll see if the kids want to get into competition.

    Thanks for laying this out!

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  • These are such great tips for moms with kids playing any sport! I wish my mom would have had these tips when I was playing club lacrosse as a kid.

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    • I wish someone had told me these things when my daughter first started. I had to learn how to make things easier on my own.

      Thanks again for commenting.

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  • I used to nanny, and the little girl I looked after had gymnastics twice a week, oh my your post would have been so helpful back then! These are really amazing tips! Good job here 🙂

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    • Hi Manika,

      Thanks for the comment and words of encouragement. I want to be a resource for gymnast moms everywhere.

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