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September 19, 2005


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But it is not advisable to sit with a window on your back for a long period of time.


Hey, Donna -

Having read your blog for months, I know that this was not a decision you took lightly. I think it's one thing to force your child to chose an extracurricular for your own unfulfilled desires, and another thing entirely to say, "As long as it makes you happy..." (and is legal and safe, of course). These choices are not irreversible. If she wants to stop, she can stop.

Besides, we live in an age when kids don't get enough physical activity. So as long as you're there to help keep things in perspective and give guidance, more power to her - and you!


I think if it makes your child happy, you can afford it and no one else in the family is being slighted, go for it and apologize to no one. I don't know why there is this notion that there is only one kind of "normal" childhood. It's certainly better than hanging out at the mall or sitting in front of the TV.


Just read the post below yours and all its comments and I'm actually in a panic that you'll think that the comment I just made on your post was meant to judge you!! Not at all!!! I don't want you to think that I was saying you are bad. I realize that you've actually put thought into this gymnastics thing. I just thought I would give you something else to think about. My kids are just a little bit older (8,11 and 13) and I have had to say no to a lot of things that my 11 year old has wanted to do because I thought doing too much would cause future problems. I want to make sure I don't start a big "to do" like in the previous post. Ha! Ha!


A lollipop will make our kids happy right now but may give them cavities later. Its always good to consider future ramifications as well as happiness in the here and now. I know many will think I'm trying to say "tsk, tsk" but really I'm not. Just a thought for you to keep in mind, no judgements because only you know what's best for your child.


I think your daughter's really lucky to have a mom who supports her dreams and helps her to make them come true! The only time a "tsk tsk" is really deserved is when the parents push their child (and then a "tsk tsk" doesn't begin to express what I want to say!).

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