- Jan 31, 2015
My daughter turned 13 in October and her world is changing. Her friend group is basically divided right down the line. One set of friends play volleyball and the other does cheer. This year she has watched as each group grew closer and she grew apart from them. School is different too. She only sees the same cohort group of kids because they stay in the same class all day to avoid exposure. She wants to hang out with her friends on the weekend but the volleyball kids do stuff together and the cheer girls do stuff together. It's no one's fault. They didn't not include her but she is always at gymnastics practice. Recently she has mentioned feeling like she has no friends. This is completely untrue though. It's just they are isolated because of covid rules and the girls are sticking with their sport and their group of friends. I have tried not to intervene b/c my thought was this will pass. My biggest piece of advice has always been live with no regrets. I can't help but feel a little bad for her though because friends are hanging out and she has practice. On the other hand she chose this. Recently my daughter has mentioned doing competitive cheer. She is not sure at all and not ready to give up on gymnastics either. I don't even know if it would be possible to do both but I would lean towards no. She is a level 6 gymnast practicing 18 hours a week. Have any of your daughter's made the switch to competitive cheer successfully? Did they have regrets?