I was wondering what your opinions were about me letting my son take gymnastics. He is 9 and has played baseball since he was 4 and wanted to do gymnastics instead of playing baseball. My husband acts okay but acts like he doesn't want anyone to know. I know a lot of people think it means he is a sissy. I am all for it. What do you think?

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Julie - posted on 08/15/2010

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Reminds me of a story:
I was in a shoe store and there was a boy and his parents buying a pair of shoes for their son... he was about three and was crying... "butttttttt I want the Dora onessss pleaaaase!!!! the Dora ones" the Dad has his back turned and I heard him whisper to his wife "I didn't want to be the kind of dad that this sort of thing mattered to but here I am. Son.choose whatever shoes you want." The boy beamed and grabbed his Dora shoes. Men have ideas from way back about 'what makes a man' and hopefully your support of your son can gently challenge those perceptions.

Lorraine - posted on 08/15/2010

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We put my daughter in a rec gymnastics program and my son who was 4 at the time begged to join as well we gave in and they put him in a kindergym program. My daughter didn't like it much but our son took off....they had to keep moving him up in level because he caught on very fast. in the 10 week period he completed kindergym~level 3. They suggested competive gymnastics (which we knew nothing of) when he was 6 he was 3rd best in our province for his age group. He is now 9 and is on the National team.How can your son find what he is good at if you limit the things he can try based on bad information? I would put my 9 year old gymnast up against a baseball player for endurance anyday and know he would come out on top.I know ALOT of male gymnast several who have been to the Olympics and sissy is not a word I would EVER use to describe these athletes.My 9 year old trains 20 hours a week without complaining this is not a sissy sport.

Cathy - posted on 03/10/2009

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They say the two best things to get children involved in are gymnastics and ballet. It gives them the foundation of balance and many other things needed to perform well in other sports as they get older.



I famous football player (I can't think of his name right now) did both gymnastics and ballet for those exact reasons as a child and in high school.

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Joe - posted on 06/26/2013

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It's gymnastics were talking about its not like he is asking to do ballet or something. My dad is a proffeshoinal boxer he does gymnastics there is nothing wrong with it at all ps there is nothing wrong with ballet just saying

Renae - posted on 03/18/2011

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Well, I would like to see any man who thinks gymnasts are sissys try to do the things a male gymnast does! I guarantee they wouldn't think it was sissy if they knew the difficulty and strength involved.

Seriously, its 2011 last time I checked. Boys can dance (have we all seen "so you think you can dance"), boys can play netball, boys can be gymnasts. :)

Lyndsay - posted on 08/17/2010

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Let him do whatever makes him happy. To hell with what your husband and others think... your child's happiness is more important.

Jane - posted on 08/16/2010

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Most male gymnasts that are good could kick the ass of any baseball player so sissies they are not :). I can't even answer this without making it sound like I think your husband is a jerk so I apologize for that. I think if your son wants to be a gymnast then your son should be a gymnast and you should be proud of him and shout it out to the world.

Kelly - posted on 08/16/2010

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I think all the time that my son (16 months) will love to do gymnastics but that my husband will not like it, he wants him to wrestle like his father brother and he did. I told time that our some can do what ever it is he wants to do and gymnastic will help with coordination and balance for ther sports that he might decides he wants to do later.

Cheryl - posted on 08/16/2010

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Have you ever watched men's gymnastics?? It is anything but "sissy"' they are tuned and toned athletes.. I think if he is interested in it he should try it, they get tired of things and want to try others.. he may decide he doesn't like it at all or do very well.. have the hubs watch a men's gymnatics video or clip..he will be impressed!

Lorraine - posted on 08/16/2010

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Also My son has NEVER had anyone tease him about being a gymnasts......especially when he does a round off backhand spring back tuck....LOL

Julie - posted on 08/15/2010

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hehe I remember when someone told Elizabeth flag-football was a boys game and she must be a tomboy if she was playing she said "Excuse me? I am an athletic girl! just because I like sports does have to reflect anything about my gender!" I was so proud.

Maria - posted on 03/10/2009

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I fthat is what he wants to do - why not let him try it out? Just make sure he doesn't quit when and if he changes his mind.



Truth be told - it takes a strong man to be a gymnast. I had the biggest crush on a guy in high school who was a gymnast!

LaQuitta - posted on 03/10/2009

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I look at all the Male Olympic Gymnast, they are so cool...no signs of  "sissy"...Let him do his thing...all he needs and wants is your support 

LaQuitta - posted on 03/10/2009

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I look at all the Male Olympic Gymnast, they are so cool...no signs of  "sissy"...Let him do his thing...all he needs and wants is your support 

Kristina - posted on 03/09/2009

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All of us being mothers in here, I think we all know how some men can percieve sports like gymnastics, figure skating, dance stc.  haha.  I think it is important to just encourage your children to do whatever makes them happy.  No matter what that is. 

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I think it's a great idea.  Gymnastics is a fantastic sport.  And if anyone thinks boy gymnasts are sissys, I dare them to try and do some of the strength moves that they do like the pommel horse.  They are definately athletes!

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I put my four year old in gymnastics last year and had the same thoughts as you.  I spoke with my husband before signing him up and was actually surprised that my husband thought it was a great idea (he's a manly man).  My husband has played and coached baseball for years and he said that the kids that he's played with and coached that did gymnastics actually tend to be better athletes.  I don't think there is anything wrong with a boy doing gymnastics.  I did get a few comments from people saying that boys DON'T do gymnastics.....I think that's BS.  If nothing else it lets them get some energy out and get excercise in a fun way! 

Christine - posted on 03/06/2009

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My 7 1/2 year old son Brandon is on the Gymnastic team at Legends in N. Andover.  He LOVES it and it is amazing to watch him.  Go to my page and you can see a video of him at this latest gym meet.  Also my daughter takes a Daddy & me class there, she is 19 months and really likes it there.  I highly recommend gymnastics.   Brandon is so much stronger and more coordinated that his school friends and the other boys on the team are so nice and he has made some really nice friends.

Lori - posted on 03/06/2009

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I think you should encourage him in anything he shows interest in.  How could it possibly mean he will be a sissy!  Have you looked at the muscle tone and strength gymnasts have!  Why force him into something his dad wants, thats not what he wants.  To do so sends the wrong message out to him :).



 



I wish him much success in whatever he chooses!

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It is really great for the to experience new things.  I would give him a chance.  There is more work that goes into gymnasics then there ever will be for baseball or football.  Who knows after a few months he may not like it.  But give him the choice.

Sia - posted on 03/06/2009

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My son (4) does gymnastics.  I believe it paves the way for many other things from dancing to sports.  We were watching talented kids perform on tv, during their interviews most of them said they took gymnastics to help them with tap, break dance, and other activities.   They were mostly boys. 

Jana - posted on 03/05/2009

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I think it's awesome that your son wants to do gymnastics. Gymnasts have to be very muscular and can do amazing things. I don't find it sissy at all. Just show your husband some youtube videos of the Olympic gymnastic events and educate everyone that gives you a weird look or comment. Way to go Jordan!

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