Calling all Gymanstics moms....need some advice on preparing DD
Don't get me wrong, I believe my DD can do ANYTHING that she wants with enough time and practice. However, she is 6. She does not comprehend how everything works. She is a competitive gymnast Level 4. This past weekend she pretty much swept her age division. 1st on beam, vault and bars. 1st all around. She was so excited and we were VERY proud of her.
But now State is coming up. She is 100% sure she is winning. The last meet we were at was a relatively small one compared to other's we have been at. She's never not placed in something no matter what meet, but State is going to bring only the top gymnasts from places we haven't competed against. I'm not really sure how to prepare her little 6 year old self. I just keep reminding her that the most important thing is to have fun and that we are so proud that she even qualified for state! That's a big deal! Do you think I should get more specific then that? DH thinks we should tell her that last year the state champion in her level scored a 37.8, and then show her best AA score of the year so far (34.7) I think we should try to avoid any talk of scores and keep it on having fun, being a good teammate and having good sportsmanship no matter what.
I don't ever want her to feel like we don't think she can do it. We do. I also don't want her to go in and be crushed. I don't know.....