“How was practice today?” is a question most parents ask their gymnast on the car ride home from Emeth. Unfortunately the conversation tends to stall when this open-ended question is answered with one word – fine.
In Gym Gab, a gymnastics blog for parents, gymnastics coaches/moms Makenna and Jessie provide 25 questions that will provide some conversation variety for parents and athletes after practice.
1. What were you most proud of at gym today?
2. What was the hardest thing you did today?
3. What correction do you remember the most today? Why?
4. What compliment do you remember most today?
5. What muscles do you think worked the hardest today?
6. Were you proud of any of your teammates today?
7. Who was a great example to you today? Why?
8. What was the funniest thing about gymnastics today?
9. If you could have worked only one skill today, what would it have been?
10. What was your favorite assignment today?
11. Pick one word to describe today’s workout.
12. On a scale of 1 to 10 how hard did you work today?
13. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much did you love workout today?
14. Pick one word to describe your attitude during workout.
15. What was the best thing about beam/pommel/rings today?
16. What was the best thing about bars/high bar/ today?
17. What was the best thing about floor today?
18. What was the best thing about vault today?
19. If you weren’t at practice today, what would you have missed out on?
20. What made today better than yesterday?
21. Who inspired you at the gym today?
22. Right now, why are you glad you are a gymnast?
23. What do you want to do differently tomorrow?
24. What skills will you be doing in your dreams tonight?
25. What weaknesses did you work towards turning into strengths today?
“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” ― Catherine M. Wallace