Paranting Magazine- Making the Attainable, Aspirational

{GIFTED} What do you do whilst you’re waiting for your gymnast during long training sessions? For some people, being a gym parent can mean lots of time spent sitting in a waiting room or in your car, and there’s only so many times you can scroll through social media or play Candy Crush without getting bored; so when I was kindly gifted the first and second editions of the brand new Paranting magazine (yes, that’s an ‘a,’ not an ‘e!’), I was interested to read it and see if it would help me pass the time.

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A Parents’ Guide to Team GB’s Olympic Hopefuls

After a year’s delay, the Olympic Games in Tokyo are about to begin. I can vividly remember watching the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Games while I was still at primary school, and being in awe of the spectacle of it all. I’ve loved watching the Olympics ever since. For me, it’s the highlight of the sporting calendar, and as a family, we will spend a lot of time over the coming weeks watching as many sports as we possibly can, and hopefully seeing Team GB gain a good haul of medals!

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What Does my Son Need for Boys’ Gymnastics?

Have you recently signed your son up for boys’ gymnastics classes? If so, you’ve made a great choice- find out why I think it’s important for my boys to take part in gymnastics in this blog post. But if you don’t have a background in boys’ gymnastics yourself, you might be wondering what exactly you’ll need to buy for your son. In this handy guide, I list the essentials you will need for taking part in men’s artistic gymnastics, plus some little extras that are popular with many young gymnasts.

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9 Healthy Snacks for Gymnasts

Travelling to and from gymnastics classes several nights a week means that I’m always on the lookout for easy, healthy snacks my boys can eat as they rush out of the door. It’s all too easy to give them a chocolate biscuit or a packet of crisps, and then an apple to eat during their lesson to make myself feel like I’ve ‘balanced it out’ with something healthy. But that won’t really keep them feeling full for long, or give them the energy they need for a long training session. So I started looking for snacks that I could buy or make which would fuel their bodies more efficiently.

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5 Things I Miss About Gymnastics Competitions

Gymnastics competitions. Love them or loath them, competitions are a big part of our gymnast’s lives. My own teenage years were filled with various trips to watch my sister competing, and before my sons were old enough to compete for themselves, I would take them to watch the children my husband coached – in fact, Mr S attended his first gymnastics competition at just three weeks old, where he spent most of his time asleep in a car seat under the table I was sitting at to sell raffle tickets!

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