Why do Olympic athletes get little medals and kids get big trophies?

Posted September 3, 2016 by gymbagwisdom
Categories: Athletes, Parents, schools, Uncategorized

What does the gold medal stand for? It’s such a small award for such a big event. Why? Kids get big trophies for winning nothing.

Because the real reward of the Olympics is achieved before any medal is handed out. The real reward is just making it there. Olympic medals signify that sports aren’t just about finishing in the top three, but about commitment, competition, perseverance, fun, and the pursuit of excellence.

Remember parents – it’s not the size of the trophy, but the size of the experience that matters.

A successful person is a coachable person

Posted June 10, 2016 by gymbagwisdom
Categories: Athletes, Parents, schools, Uncategorized

Be Coachable. Always be ready for advice – even if you think you have it all together. Always keep an open mind and a receptive ear to constructive criticism. Sometimes you become so comfortable with what you’re doing, you can’t believe that you’re doing things incorrectly. Never become set in your ways; conquer your resistance to change. A successful person is a coachable person.

Parents – you’re being watched!

Posted June 9, 2016 by gymbagwisdom
Categories: Athletes, Parents, schools, The reset button, Uncategorized, video games

Be a role model of positivity and physical activity. Kids want to do what you do. Look how often you see them pushing plastic lawnmowers and shopping carts behind their parents. Kids are highly impressionable. They first learn by imitating – You are their first role model. Choose wisely what you do or say in front of them – You’re being watched.

Let them play sports on their own

Posted June 7, 2016 by gymbagwisdom
Categories: Athletes, Parents, schools, Uncategorized

Kids develop sports-sense – a sense for the game playing on their own. Timing and Instincts cannot be coached. Over-coaching and too much structured sports suppress what makes athletes great. The inner city basketball player changed the way basketball is played. The change happened while they were playing on their own….way before AAU.

Challenge your kids

Posted May 24, 2016 by gymbagwisdom
Categories: Uncategorized

Kids need to be exposed and receptive to the lessons intrinsic to challenge and competitive involvement. These teachings cover the entire spectrum–from losing to winning–and their value can never be taken for granted. These lessons allow for tangible growth and development, and eventually the knowledge and the ability to stick with activities and experience and appreciate success.

A great bedtime story for kids

Posted May 2, 2016 by gymbagwisdom
Categories: Uncategorized

The more you protect your kids from failure, the less they learn about succeeding. Provide them with a higher education. Give them a chance to figure out what doesn’t work. The story of winners always begins with losing. A great bed time story for kids.

We had social networkng too. It was called outside.

Posted April 29, 2016 by gymbagwisdom
Categories: Parents, schools, Uncategorized

We had social networking when I was a kid too. It was called outside. A site for face to face, direct interaction. Where kids made up their own games, picked their own teams, made up the rules, settle the arguments. A place where they developed interpersonal skills, coping skills, social skills, all the skills needed to succeed in life. A great site. A sight to see.


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