I have Blogged previously about Annabel’s accomplishments in cheerleading and tumbling and was so happy to share with each of you how she finally had learned how to do her round-off back handspring, again this was something she promised her Dad she would learn while he was deployed and in 7 months she went from working on back-bend kickover to doing this beautifully. He was so proud of her when he came home and she showed him. It was definitely a great moment!
However, lately it feels like she has taken a step back and she isn’t as able to do her back handspring as well as she could before. I know it isn’t from lack of practice at the gym because she is there a lot, but I honestly have no clue what it might be and I can see her getting frustrated and disappointed and I wish I knew what to do to help her.
Her coaches have assured me that this is normal, that many times they will get something and then struggle with it for a while. I am ok with it being normal but I am not ok with seeing how upset and defeated she looks at the time. It is so hard to see her struggle and get frustrated when she is trying so hard to do something she was so proud to accomplish. After being in the gym the other night, I made her another little deal to help get her motivated and hopefully focusing on that instead of getting upset with herself. I sure hope this works! It isn’t about me being a crazy cheer Mom or pushing her to be the best, for me, it’s about providing motivation and encouragement for something that she is working so hard at. I am hopeful that this week we will see some improvement, keep your fingers crossed for her :)
How do you help motivate and encourage your children?