“Mommy, I don’t want to do gymnastics anymore.”
My 6-year-old’s comment came out of nowhere on a random Wednesday afternoon. We were in her elementary school bathroom, getting dressed for…soccer practice. I couldn’t see her face—she was in a stall—but I’m sure mine fell, equal parts disappointed and shocked. No, I don’t think my child is the next Aly Raisman. But this a kid who had begged us to let her take gymnastics lessons, who two years in has to be told to stop… >> Read More
A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, my 9-year-old daughter hurt her foot doing gymnastics. She’s been in a knee-high boot and on crutches for almost a month now. And I am grateful.
Not merely…grateful that we live in an age of miracles and wonder and modern medicine that made it so she didn’t have to be in a heavy, itchy, plaster cast, and that she can still take baths and sleep with less discomfort than she would have been forced to suffer even a decade ago. But I… >> Read More
Over 368 gymnasts claim they were sexually abused by adults working in gymnastics across the U.S., according to an Indy Star investigation. The investigation, which was dated from 20 years ago,…showed hundreds of police files and court cases tying together youth gymnastics and the sexual exploitation of children by those in leadership positions, including coaches and gym owners--which is absolutely chilling. The Star reported back in August that officials at USA Gymnastics failed to alert police to sexual abuse allegations that took place, and instead chose… >> Read More
My 5-year-old daughter is obsessed with all things Aly Raisman right now. Since the Olympics began, she has been begging to watch YouTube videos of performances, interviews with the much-decorated…gymnast, and even watched some re-runs from when Aly was on “Dancing with the Stars.” Aly is on par with Queen Elsa right now—which, in 5-year-old-world, is a tremendous honor. “If I keep practicing my gymnastics, can I be like Aly?” she asked. “If you put your mind to it, you sure can!” (Who am… >> Read More
One night recently, my 5-year-old daughter told me, “I wish you were on the women’s gymnastics team in the Olympics.” While trying not to laugh at the thought of what I would be like on some of…the apparatuses at this stage in my life, I asked her why she wanted me to be on the Olympics team. “So I can watch with Daddy and cheer for you.” My heart melted and the little gymnast that always lived inside of me did a triple flip and stuck the landing. Not many people… >> Read More