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