Thursday, July 22, 2010


Mia has been invited to join the competitive gymnastics team where she works out. She really wants to do it but I am not so sure I want her to.

It is a great workout.
Mia loves gymnastics.
Options for scholarships if she sticks with it.
Mia REALLY wants to do it.

Very time consuming - 3 times a week compared to once a week.
It is more money.
We are required to do fund raisers and I HATE fund raisers.

What would you do? She won't be travelling for meets until she is in level 4 but she is jumping from level 1 to level 3. Is 7 too young to be in competitive gymnastics? Will it take the fun out of going to the gym?


Amber Louise Leary Gusa said...

That sounds like a question for my cousin Jenny who was in gymnastics at a really early age and seemed to love it.
I think it sounds pretty cool as long as Mia stays interested.

Jessica said...

As Amber mentioned, my sister Jenny did competitive gymnastics for years. I can't speak for her but as her sister I thought it was really cool! I loved to go to her meets and cheer for her, sometimes even to practice just to watch. But I'd be lying if I wasn't jealous as a kid. Not that I wanted to be a gymnast as much as I felt as a kid Jenny was "the favorite" since mom and dad spent more money on her talent than anyone else's, so the rest of us had to make sacrifices. Don't know if that helps... So cool that Mia is good enough! Tell her congrats!

Missy said...

That's a tough decision. We like it when our kids find things they like to do and are good at and encourage them to pursue them, but we've decided to draw the line when it starts to take away from time that we spend together as a family which is something you'd have to decide: how much would Mia's gymnastics take away from that and how important that is to you. Maybe you could try it and always back out later if it gets to be too much. We did that with Kiersten's violin. She was doing orchestra at the junior high twice a week before school and having private lessons an hour a week. I decided it was a little much especially with everything going on and we quit at the beginning of the summer. She still wants to do the school orchestra but we're not going to jump back into private lessons right away and it has been such a relief to not have to drive her all over. Good luck with your decision and congrats to Mia.

Jenny Kendall said...

Yep. I have all sorts of advice for you. Give me a call 832-265-8705 or email when you have time (and want an ear full).

mommaquincy said...

Dang! I wanted to hear Jenny's advice! I will mention that the cost of competitive gymnastics goes up everytime she moves up a level. By the time she goes to college, you will have paid enough to off set any scholarship. Level 3 is pretty safe stuff, so I'd advice trying it and seeing how everyone handles it.