Winning Connections Newsletter – December 2017

Gymnastics & Parenting Articles

Winning Connections Newsletter – December 2017

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

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

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.

July 2017 Winning Connections Newsletter

– 3 Strategies to Positively Deal with Sibling Rivalry in Sports
– Bonus Video Feature: Fake It Until You Make It

What Your Child Needs to Succeed (PDF)

There’s an illusion being promoted in our American sports culture that what kids need to be successful is the best equipment, the best facilities, the best coaches, the best
program, and if possible, the best climate. In addition, kids need victories and the accompanying hardware – medals, ribbons, and trophies. I would like to propose that while all those things are nice to have, they are wants, not needs.