Open Letter to a New Cheer Parent
Hello my overwhelmed friend,
Your child starts a new team today. As the coach takes your child to introduce them to their new team, let me introduce you to yours. Yes, you are part of a team. It is a very exclusive group of parents who all have the one thing in common – all of our kids cheer.
We call ourselves “The Cheer Family.” You can’t miss us. We are crazy, loud, energetic, and usually wearing gym colors or merchandise. See that little girl who just got her handspring? Every person in the lobby will cheer for her and praise her as she leaves today. See that older child struggling? You will hear at least one of us give them some words of encouragement before they go home. We are the cheerleader’s cheerleader. You are now one of us. Welcome aboard!
I know there are so many details. Uniforms, make up, hair, bows and yes – you will have to learn that cheer that your child is now chanting over and over repeatedly in the car. Don’t worry. We will help you through it all. It is a lot to remember. We all need help at some point. That is why we are a team. A team of moms, dads, grandparents, and friends who work together. We treat every child on the team as our own. Need a hair tie for practice? One of us has a bundle hanging on our blinker lever. Forgot a water bottle? Someone will have a spare in the trunk, or money for the machine. Can’t pick up on time? When you get to the gym look for your child to be in the middle of a group of kids gabbing away with one of us watching and waiting patiently. It is what we do. We are The Cheer Family. We take care of our cheerleaders.
Look for us. Get to know us. Exchange phone numbers, emails or Facebook ids. Ask questions. We have no problem demonstrate doing hair and make up a few weeks prior to competition. We can show you tips on how to be sure that big, 3” wide bow gets in the hair so it won’t fall out. We can teach you to use Bounce to get rid of hair static and how to loop the laces so they don’t hurt the ankles.
We have all been new to a gym or sport at one point in time. We know how you feel. Please look for us. We are so happy you chose to be a part of our program. We want your child to have fun. We want you to have fun. And never fear, we have a crazy colored shirt with the gym logo just in your size. Trust me, you will want it before long. This sport is about spirit – and this spirit is addicting.
Claire Brundrett is a mom of 3 athletes in various sports. A cheer mom of over eight years, she has experienced moving to different states, changing from a big gym to a small gym, and supporting competition and performance teams, in both school and all-star cheer. Claire continues to stay in contact with former cheer moms over the years as well as present cheer moms in her home gym and surrounding areas to gain inspiration not only in the cheer world, but beyond.
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