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Hi all. Got pulled away from the computer when said DS got sick yesterday and am pleased to come back to find so many helpful thoughts.

Thanks to lyterae for clueing me in on the multi-quote thing. I appreciate it! I'm not using it in this post just because there are so many responses now it would take forever to respond to each.

I have been looking at this from the assumption that gymnastics is not going to be his lifelong passion. Of course it may be, and I wouldn't want to close the door on that possibility. But much more likely it will be a passing phase. As DH likes to point out, he's much too tall to be an olympic gymnast anyway. However, gymnastics provides such a good foundation of skills that can be useful to so many other sports and he is very sports oriented - it would not surprise me if he chose to pursue sports to the high-school or collegiate level or beyond. Of course, you don't have to train 6 hrs a week starting at age 5 to get that good foundation.

I think dentmom3's post about her dtr's joy and self-confidence is where my thoughts are going. What is he going to learn in the process? I'm thinking something about priorities in life, working hard, dedication, maybe self-confidence. I would love to hear more stories along those lines, either positive or negative. I understand the point that it really depends upon the gym and the teachers. I don't know this gym very well but I do know that a friend pulled his dtr because he didn't like the vibe the other parents were giving. He said nothing bad about the instructors, and I imagine the kids are not as aware of other parents vibes since they behind a sound proof glass. However, there is also the point of what does he lose in the process. My inclination is to let him try it and if we find it is causing more issues than the benefit we can always change things down the road.

I didn't get the impression it was completely a sales pitch. Clearly they could benefit from convincing us to move from our current gym to theirs, but I don't know what would be the benefit to suggesting such a high level of training. I do know one other child, a girl who is in DS's current class, who was evaluated by this gym and was given a list of skills she needs to work on before she could be accepted into the level 4 class. It sounds like their rates are quite reasonable compared to what many of you are paying. ($76/ month for one night of training, $112 for 2 nights). FWIW, we called them asking for an evaluation.

I'm really learning a lot from those of you with children involved in gymnastics. I don't know much at all about this whole thing.