Winning Connections Newsletter – Oct. 2015

Gymnastics & Parenting Articles

Winning Connections Newsletter – Oct. 2015

– Team Culture IS the Game
– GCFL True Hero Track Partner – Austin Tennis Academy

The Three Most Effective Words a Parent Can Say

By David Benzel
Listening is an art and a skill. It requires discipline and focused attention. When you give the gift of silence, you allow children the chance to think and process their thoughts. The time required to do this varies tremendously, depending on whom you’re talking to. When it comes to sharing thoughts and feelings about an event, there are two very different types of personalities. In both cases, the “tell-me-more” approach works well, but the timing needs to be different.

Winning Connections Newsletter – Sept. 2015

– How to Help Your Child Choose a Sport
– From Chump to Champ: How Individuals Go From Good to Great
– GCFL True Hero Track Partner: National Sports Center

Leveraging Your Child’s Learning Style

By David Benzel
The ability to learn, whether in school or in sports, is the most fundamental activity to making progress in any area. It’s been said the real reason we go to school is not to learn English, Math, and Science, but to learn how to learn so we can apply that skill to English, Math, and Science. Once we learn how to learn the whole world opens to us.

Winning Connections Newsletter – Aug. 2015

– Three Moments that Create Joy for Your Young Athlete
– New Addition to the GCFL Team! Bobby Martin, Director of Development

Choose Acceptance over Judgment

By David Benzel
When children enter the world of youth sports they unwittingly add one more opportunity for themselves to be judged, evaluated, and corrected. However, it is unlikely any of them thought about this prior to wanting to play.

Winning Connections Newsletter – July 2015

– Three Lies that Create Misery for Your Young Athlete
– GCFL True Hero Track Partner: ACE Tennis Academy

Your Body Language Never Lies

By David Benzel
As parents we’re communicating every single second of every single day. Mouth open or mouth closed, the message is getting out. Your attitude about your child and her play, your sense of admiration…or not, and what you think about her efforts is transmitted in subtle ways for her – and everyone else – to read.

Winning Connections Newsletter – June 2015

– Are Your Child’s Life Accounts in Balance?
– David Benzel Featured Speaker at PSA Conference

How to Improve Your Hero Style

By David Benzel
This article addresses the specific tendencies that keep you from a higher Hero score. It will provide you with practical suggestions for becoming a Hero-Parent to your child.