There is much I owe to gymnastics.
It has given me better time management skills, because I now need a steady income. But that's a whole 'nother post.
My daughter has always been quick and athletic. But she had a hard time with soccer. She didn't like that people "ran at her".
She was also not a fan of dance.
Despite her tough personality, I was fairly insistent she participate in something. My insistence led us to her first gymnastics class.
And she cried the whole way there. She is not fond of the unknown. This personality trait can be quite frustrating.
But she came out of that class with a smile. And she has been in gymnastics ever since. While it is very time consuming, the rewards are well worth the time involved.
She is physically and mentally strong. She has a phenomenal work ethic. She has learned how to perform in front of people.
And she doesn't have much time to get into trouble.
Her free time is spent lounging, doing homework and playing outside.
Despite her love for gymnastics she has her moments. She still whines on Saturday mornings that she doesn't want to go to practice. There are nights she would rather watch the Disney channel.
But she goes to practice.
And she never leaves that gym unhappy she decided to go. She leaves the gym talking a mile a minute about all her new accomplishments.
Another valuable lesson courtesy of gymnastics. Deciding to do something is usually the toughest part.
And so along with a part time job and a hectic schedule, I have a daughter who is gaining life lessons and confidence.
And so gymnastics, I thank you.
Mommyhood Footnote: These pictures are from a small town festival this past weekend. Her gymnastics school gave a tumbling demonstration. The weather was perfect and the girls tumbled their little hearts out.