I'm at a crossroads right now with my daughter. She loves to ice skate and is a pretty good skater skating at Intermediate Level and usually, usually places at the top of her flight.
These thoughts have been keeping me up at night lately: 1) She's still not consistent with the important jumps -- double lutz, double flip, double axel. She's had the double axel almost a year now and can land it usually during practice, but at competitions forget it. 2) I spend over a thousand a month for her skating. 3) I haven't saved much ($3,000) for college expenses. 4) She will be graduating in 4 years.
After regionals this year, if she completely blows it like she has been lately, I'm thinking about pulling her out of skating. I'm not going to say anything before regionals of course because she doesn't need the added pressure. My husband disagrees and thinks we should put "it" off for a few more years. Meanwhile, I'm writing check after check after check, driving from one side of town to the other, for basically an over-priced, all time-consuming sport.
Have any of you parents ever finally put your foot down or thought about it and said enough is enough? I really can't talk to the other moms about this because I've found out they are really a bunch of gossips and I don't need everybody talking.
Don't get me wrong, my kid doesn't cry in the locker room like other girls when she screws up. It's almost like she doesn't want to win because does some pretty unusual things and is very unpredictable. I know it's nerves but how comes the other girls' nerves don't show? I don't think I put too much pressure on her but I do feel like leaving her at the rink after a bad skate.
Thanks for letting me unload.