Winning Connections Newsletter – Jan. 2016

Gymnastics & Parenting Articles

Winning Connections Newsletter – Jan. 2016

– The Easiest Way to Give Your Child an Advantage in Life
– GCFL True Hero Track Partner: Dunwoody Country Club

How Gymnastics Helps Your Child Succeed in School

By Anne Josephson
Harvard School of Education released their findings on their latest research project; and, they could have simply titled it “Why Your Kid Should do Gymnastics if You Want Them to Develop the Kind of Character That Helps Them Succeed at School.”

Commitment to Personal Safety: Understanding the Grooming Process

In today’s world, you as a parent take your child to gymnastics practice and want to have confidence that you have chosen a safe and healthy environment where your child can learn, train, excel and have fun. Thus, a safe gymnastics environment must include a commitment to the personal safety of all participants.

Taming the Beast Within Your Child’s Coach

By David Benzel
This article is designed to help you connect with your child’s coach – to learn what works, and what doesn’t work.

Winning Connections Newsletter – Dec. 2015

– Message from Amy Pazahanick Guest Contributor. Sports: The Road to Somewhere – Just Not Where You Thought

Understanding the Grooming Process: Preventing Inappropriate Behavior and Sexual Misconduct with Children

In most cases of sexual misconduct with children, offenders use a subtle and gradual process known as grooming to put children and their families at ease.

Which Sport Parent Are You?

By David Benzel
Parenting behaviors communicate so many important messages to children. Many of these messages answer crucial questions for a child about his or her identity. As your children wonder, “Who am I?” they interpret the answer from the message you send with the demeanor of your actions and the selection of your words.

Winning Connections Newsletter – Nov. 2015

– Five Strategies for Teaching Your Child Life Lessons
– GCFL True Hero Track Partner: Florida Youth Soccer Association

A parent’s guide to selecting youth-serving organizations

Your child is frequently in the care of many different adults. As a parent, you are one of the most important links in the chain of prevention. It’s important that youth serving organizations take proactive measures to prevent child sexual abuse. By stepping up and speaking out to youth serving organizations in your community, you have the power to protect your child and countless others against child sexual abuse.

To Push or Not To Push – Three Approaches to Being a Sport Parent

By David Benzel
Most parents and coaches in a 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.