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USA Gymnastics has gathered lots of articles on a variety of topics to help parents get all the information they need about both the sport of gymnastics and having a child involved in the sport.  View the most recent articles below or use the links to view all articles within a given category.

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Why We Have Conflicts and What to Do About It (PDF)

By David Benzel
Fights, quarrels, arguments – whatever you want to call them – we all have them with someone from time to time. Ironically, it’s usually with someone we care about, not some stranger or even an acquaintance! In other words, a family member or close friend is often the recipient of our worst behaviors during a conflict.

Winning Connections Newsletter – October 2017

– Three Steps to a More Positive Child
– Bonus Video Feature: Conquer the Greatest Distraction of All

To Push or Not To Push: Three Approaches to Being a Sport Parent (PDF)

Most parents and coaches in the study admitted to the existence of something referred to as “Optimal Push.” However, the majority agreed that it’s a tricky concept. It only works when done right, and there’s a fine line between optimal pushing by a parent and pressuring/over-pushing.

Winning Connections Newsletter – August 2017

– 3 Inspiring Questions to Ask Your Athlete This Fall
– Bonus Video Feature: Teach Your Kids What Works in Life

4 Ways to Say ‘NO’ to Your Children that Make Sense (PDF)

It can be argued that kids need to accept the authority of those in the one-up position in life: parents, teachers, coaches, police officers, etc. I get that. But if all we desire is obedient and dependent kids who don’t exercise any kind of critical thinking, then “Because I said so” works, but only until rebellion kicks in.