Why It’s Good for Gymnasts to Be a Little “Bad”



“Wow, I am so glad you got in trouble today at gym!” said no parent or coach ever.

But the truth is, it is not an entirely bad thing when your athlete breaks a rule, cheats on a conditioning assignment or pushes a boundary.

Believe it or not, coaches, you don’t want blindly obedient gymnasts.

And parents: You don’t want kids who never push at boundaries and who don’t learn to accept the consequences of their behavior.

The media recently reported that disobedient kids are more likely to earn more as adults. Furthermore, I’ve written before on the benefits of being “bossy,” especially for our daughters. But there are even more reasons why it’s actually good if your athlete gets into trouble from time to time:

Demonstrates they think for themselves. As much as parents and coaches may think they want an athlete that is absolutely compliant, blind obedience…

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