Bend it Like Sophie

Asians have Tiger-moms, Texans have Pageant-moms, and Eastern Europeans have Olympic-moms.

We took Sophie to a local rhythmic gymnastics class for 4-year-olds last year, thinking it would be a great outlet for her boundless energy. But we soon discovered that gymnastics here is not about healthy recreation, it’s about winning. As a five-year-old now, Sophie’s trainer expects 15 hours of practice a week. We are not quite that committed and can’t maintain that kind of schedule, so we’re undoubtedly looked down on by the Olympic-moms, but Sophie is so bendy now that she has enjoyed the sport and has even had some surprising success.

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