Ok Mommas (and Daddys if you're reading too). I have a BIG question for you. May be it is not a moral question...maybe it is just a question of when is enough, enough? If you're reading this then you probably know that 2 of our girls are in to gymnastics. Our 6 year old has been taking gymnastics at Parkettes and is now starting her 4th year there. She LOVES gymnastics. She gets very excited when she gets a new skill and she really likes the girls that she is in class with (they have been together for the past 2 years now). That being said, let me tell you about her schedule. Over the summer she was moved up to Level 4 (this is the level where you start to compete) so things have gotten intense. Her summer schedule was Monday and Friday 12-3 and Tuesday 12-3:30. Yes, that's right. She is 6 years old and was spending 9 1/2 hours a week in the gym. There were a few times that she got upset because she couldn't go swimming or anything else and it was difficult but she always had fun in class. Fall classes have started and now her schedule is Tuesday 4-6:30, Thursday 4-6:30 and Saturday 11-3. Yes, 9 hours a week. Plus she still has school, dance class and PREP. It is a lot, I know. Recently, E has started crying when we take her anywhere...school, gymnastics, etc. She cries and says she is going to miss us to much. Today when Daddy took her to gymnastics, she cried the whole way there because she wanted Mommy to take her instead. When he started asking her about gymnastics and what was wrong she finally came out with, "it is just not fun anymore." Hmmm...what do we do with that?
I understand that it is not really fun. It is a hard working class and it is a ton of hours. BUT she does love gymnastics and she LOVES to compete and this is the level where that really starts to happen.So, the question is what do we do? There are options. She can stay where she is for this semester (I think it goes until the end of November) and see how she feels then. She can move down a level and be in the same class with her sister (which would make traveling a WHOLE lot easier but is not a factor in the decision!) or she can quit completely. Now, the thing is we don't want to push her to do this and make her hate gymnastics but we don't want to encourage her to quit when the going gets tough either. What's the right decision and how do you know???
Any advice at this time would be greatly appreciated!