Being a mom of a rhythmic gymnast – it’s a full-time job. IK School of Gymnastics in Miami says a big thanks to all parents of our gymnasts! Every day you are doing a great job, and we try to do our best to your efforts have been rewarded. Together we develop young talents of Miami in gymnastics, helping our kids to reach their fullest potential.
I’ve been resisted for a long time to bringing my daughter to gymnastics, because I thought it would be time-consuming to bring her to gymnastics classes several times per week. I had no idea that soon gymnastics will become the essential part of our family life and I’ll have to schedule all our family activities around her gymnastics classes 6 days a week.
Rhythmic gymnastics is a unique combination of sport, art and dance that captures girls’ imagination, so they begin eating, breathing, and sleeping gymnastics. Therefore, even outside the gym your whole family’s life will still be full of gymnastics, and here’s why.
Your Car is Your Gymnast’s Second Home
Rhythmic gymnastics has recently become popular in the US. So, the number of gyms for competitive gymnasts is still limited, and the good ones can be counted on the fingers. For example, in Florida there are only 11 rhythmic gymnastics schools having membership in USA Gymnastics, and this, by the way, is almost 10% of all rhythmic gymnastics schools in USA registered as USAG members. Besides, 6 out of 10 of Florida’s rhythmic gymnastic schools are located in Miami area. Cutting these figures I mean that the chances you’ll find the best gymnastics school in your neighborhood are really low. Even if you are lucky, and don’t have to drive hours a week to bring your daughter to gymnastics classes, the time gap between school and gymnastic classes is often too narrow to bring her home after school. It’s no wonder that your car becomes your gymnast’s home away from home, a place to eat lunches and snacks, change clothes for training, make a hair bun, and even do homework on the way back home.
Your Home is a Second Practice Gym
Moms, whose daughters are involved in rhythmic gymnastics, almost never lucky to stay at home in silence. Every night I shudder from the clubs hitting the wall and I don’t even hope it will stop in the near future. Gymnasts climb the walls, move around the house in cartwheels and do homework sitting on the splits. My own daughter is barely able to stand still while talking to me, and can hardly keep from doing a backflip while getting a scolding for inappropriate behavior. Her apparatus items are always scattered around the house and her medals hung in the most noticeable place of her room. You have to act as her “home” judge, evaluating the new elements she managed to perform, discussing whether some kind of music suits better for the floor or for the rope, and watching new routines she had just choreographed all by herself.
You Are Ready to Pay a Fortune For the “Proper” Leotard
As soon as you meet the leotard that totally suits your gymnast, and “suits”, by the way, includes size, color of her eyes and hair, all the routines for a competitive season, and whatever she and her coach can come up with together, you no longer care how much this miracle costs. Even if you realize that it’s probably more expensive than any single piece of clothing in your own closet. Compared to the price of the competition leo, practice leos seem to be quite inexpensive for you, even if in fact they are not.
Your Daughter Is More Willing to Play With Apparatus Than With Toys
Balls, hoops, ribbons, and ropes are one of the most desirable gift items for a gymnast. If you are a rhythmic gymnast’s mom, you probably heard with half an ear about Barbie, Monster High and American Girl dolls, but every day have to keep talking of Sasaki, Chacott, Venturelli, and Pastorelli. The most disappointing thing is that your daughter looses interest to any new toy very quickly, returning to endless practice with apparatus anywhere she can do it. My daughter often takes clubs to the beach, because “there is so much space to practice”, and she even doesn’t enter the water.
Your Daughter Is Constantly Kidding About Your Physical Abilities and Body Shape
She has workouts every day and she can boast a six-pack, built from muscle. She can tie her legs and arms in a knot or get up on hands from a sitting position, she does so many amazing things with her body, and each time she asks you: “Mommy, can you do that”? No doubt, I can’t. At least I managed to find a good answer: “If I practiced as much as you do, then, of course, I would be able to”. Yet neither my husband nor me are avoided these everyday jokes about our butts and bellies.
You Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way
Despite all the complications you are very happy that gymnastics is such a big part of your life. You are so proud to be a parent of gymnast, and you are totally sure it is all worth it.
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Parent’s Guide: Competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics in USA (Part 1) – Everything you need to know about rhythmic gymnastic competitions in the USA
Parent’s Guide: Competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics in USA (Part 2) – How much does it cost to raise a competitive gymnast