trying to stop mine is the problem !!
She is pretty competative and hard on herself (which I am trying to stop - but...) She is very close to her back handspring by herself - she just has trouble keeping her arms straight enough to keep her head off the ground (it doesn't 'hit' the ground - doesn't hurt, just skimming). A girl in her class who just turned 6 got her back handspring a couple weeks ago and new my dd age 7 tells me she 'sucks' I am not sure what to do, I have tried explaining that she does not suck and that this little girl has been at the gym for 3 yrs and her only a year and a half. She can do many things the girl can't (handstand and cartwheel on beam, pullover on bars, great back walk-over) she just out of the blue did a back walkover on a foam beam the other day - BUT to her she can't do this one thing a younger kid can do and it is a huge issue for her.
I did gymnastics for years and we have some mats, I know how to spot the BHS so I do, but other than that she cartwheels and handstands everywhere.
any suggestions on how to explain that these kids doing all these tricks have been taking gymnsatics much longer than her................