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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.

Recent Articles

Are You a Demanding Parent?

If you had to choose between having a child that is “smart” or a child that is “good,” which would you choose? Is it a perplexing question for you? In this context the “smart” option refers to a child’s ability to perform well. The “good” option refers to a child’s ability to behave well. Whichever is more important to you has a lot to do with the messages you send through your parenting style.

Winning Connections Newsletter – December 2017

– 5 Tips to a Better Balance Between School and Sports
– Bonus Video Feature: Solving the Mystery of Motivation

Post NLI/Early Admissions Communication with College Coaches

By Tom Kovic
The National Letter of Intent signing period and Early Admissions application deadline has recently passed and with that, college recruiting can easily move to a pause mode if left unchecked. There is a natural sport transition where currently, fall athletes are wrapping up their seasons, the winter season is just beginning to gain steam and spring prospects are in core training and pre-season mode.

Practicing the Art of Non-Interference

Where is the line separating parental guidance from interference? I wonder if we as parents are able to discern the difference between correcting misguided steps and insisting on “my will be done.” I write about this topic from the position of one who is truly learning the art — not a master of the art — of non-interference. Many times, I tried to force my will upon my defenseless children, always in the name of “father knows best.”

Winning Connections Newsletter – November 2017

– Is Your Child Just Nervous, or Very Afraid?
– Bonus Video Feature: Solving the Mystery of Motivation