Tag Archives: competitive parenting

Don’t Get Caught in the Race!

This is a wonderful essay by a gym mom reflecting on her daughter’s gymnastics journey.   It’s a great read and a wonderful reminder that rushing kids through the process often leads to them losing the joy that is inherent to why they began gymnastics in the first place. The Marathon Gymnast As a mother […]

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

I would not want to be a kid today. Would you? Sure, the internet and laptop computers makes homework easier.  And the invention of the DVR means that in addition to the 200 plus channels that stream into most homes, you never have to miss your favorite TV program. Nevertheless, it sometimes feels that the […]

Grounding your Helicopter Parent: 7 Questions To Ask Yourself When You Are Tempted to Intervene 

There is a fine line between being a concerned and supportive parent and being a helicopter parent. I know that struggle to walk along that line, and I see so many caring parents trying to navigate it as well.   Let’s face it: it’s really hard to see our kids in pain. But it’s also hard […]

Parent to Parent: How to Deal with Overly Competitive Parents

Do you have “those” parents on your child’s team? The ones who react like this when their kid wins the meet? The ones who thinks finding seats for the meet is a competitive sport? And who always coaches from the stands? Who has difficulty waiting for their child’s score to get posted? Not to mention their reaction […]

What a Frog Can Teach Us About Being a Parent to a Gymnast: 18 Signs You Might be on the Road to Being “That Parent”

If a frog is dropped into a pot of boiling water, it will most certainly jump out. However, if a frog is dropped into a pot of cold water that is placed over a burner that slowly heats it to a boil, the frog will remain in the pot, boiling to death. Before you think […]

Anne’s blog is now on The Huffington Post!

Anne’s blog is now on The Huffington Post!   Please consider going there and liking the blog page!  Please and thank you! 

The Rat Race: An Open Letter to Competitive Parents, from the Parent who Concedes

Dear fellow parents, I am writing to you because I give up. Your child is better than mine. You win. I am throwing in the cards. I will no longer play the game of competitive parenting. I’ll admit it. I am a little scared. What if by quitting the competitive parent game I am dooming my […]