When all is said and done.....I want them to have a sense of accomplishment, that they were able to be the best that they could be. That they made great friends and had great role models. I want them to feel that they were encouraged by us, though not pushed or coerced by us.
I want them to feel, brave, proud, and confident that they can do things alone, in public and to be judged fairly by others for their hard work. I want them to learn organisation and have pride in all that they have done.
That they might enjoy a strong, healthy body and mind whilst feeling a sense of power and relative freedom. To have learned to persevere through the hard times and not to be knocked back when they are feeling down.
I want them to look back with pride, joy and fondness at all they have done, been and seen. Though gymnastics is just a slice of that, it has been a huge part of their childhood.
Funnily enough when I read back over my thoughts, they apply just as much to my none gym DS as to my two gymmie DD's. Life is what you make it and also what your parents were able to give. My children are fortunate in many ways....I count our bessings every day that we are able to live the way we do and have 3 healthy kids.