How To Be a Supportive All-Star Cheer Parent

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Competition season is fast approaching and some gyms are even beginning to debut their new routines to family and friends. The upcoming practices and competitions can sometimes come with stress, mental blocks and exhaustion to our favorite athletes. In addition to the stress from cheer, most athletes are also trying to balance the stress of school work, friendships and extracurricular activities too.

As parents and guardians, we have the hard job of picking up our kids when they are down and helping them overcome any obstacles that may come in their way.  I vividly remember the owner of my daughter’s gym giving a speech before our showcase last year. She told the parents that during the strenuous practices and competition season, the coaches will be hard on the athletes and push them to their limits. She asked the parents to please be supportive and encouraging on the way home from practice or when they got home. Those words rung true for many. Our precious athletes need to understand that all the obstacles, frustrations and failures will only make them better cheerleaders in the end. As parents, we can help teach those life lessons and make those stressful times seem like the end is near.

Below are some helpful tips to help keep your cheerleader less stressed this competition season:

1. Listen to your child when he or she is frustrated or upset after a practice/ competition.

2. Make sure that your athlete is getting proper rest and nutrition. Both are important for their physical and emotional health.

3. Let your child know that you are always there for them no matter what the circumstance.

4. If your athlete is struggling with a “mental block,” see if you can find another cheerleader that has overcome a similar situation. Sometimes just listening and talking to another cheerleader who has gone through the same thing can help.

5. Find ways for your athlete to de-stress: yoga, hanging with friends , listening to music, reading etc.

6. As hard as it may seem, encourage your athlete to leave the stress at the door and just put in 120%. In the end hard work pays off!

7. Be your child’s biggest cheerleader.

Although these steps are not a cure to the stress that comes with being a competitive cheerleader, I do believe it can help. Stress can creep up on the youngest of cheerleaders to even the veterans. However, having support from family and friends can help your athlete relax and rejuvenate for the next competition.

Good luck this competition season and cheers to staying stress free.

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Jamie Micewski

Jamie is a proud, “Cheer Mom” residing in PA with her husband, son and daughter. She is also a 2nd grade teacher. Jamie spent 13 years of her childhood and teenage years cheering and feels it has helped her mold into the woman, mom, and teacher she is today. Her greatest gift is to watch her daughter embrace that very same sport through the world of All Star Cheerleading.

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