I read the article. I think for each child what is needed is different.
For my child, she wants me there. She is 10 and just for conversation, she is a Level 7. She practices 4hrs per workout, 20 hrs a week. I normally drop her off after school at 4pm, I stay for about 45 minutes and then I leave. I have another child, we go home get dinner ready for when my husband comes home, eat. I then head back to the gym aroung 6:30. Her workout is over at 8pm. So I do get to see a lot of it. Each day their rotations change, so by being there for at least an hour at the end, usually in a week, I get to see her on every event.
My daughter thrives on me being there. As for me, I know where she stands. I can see where she needs to work and I have realistic expectations of her because I know where she is at. I have heard parents, who usually aren't there to watch their kids, say oh so & so should be up at the next level. What they don't even realize is that their daughter is the one who is struggling the most at the current level. If they were there more, they would see for themselves.
Just for the record, I love watching my daughter do gymnastics too. I was a gymnast (back in the day), but she has already surpassed where I was. I just love watching her do her stuff. If I not happy with something, I rarely say anything to the coaches with the except that I believe that it is a safety concern. We are at one of the best gyms in our state and I believe that our coaches know what they are doing and I let it all rest in their hands. What they have done so far has worked, who am I to complain.
I guess I should also throw out there that it cost a lot of money too, and I should be able to see what my money is getting me! This is the way it works in the "real" world, it should also work like this in the "gym" world.
Just keeping it real!