The Reason I Chose To Work With Children Everyday

The Reason I Chose To Work With Children Everyday

Today I put on six band-aids, solved twelve arguments over a toy, and wiped four very runny noses. What can I say, kids are messy.

Today I also was given seven hugs, two kisses, and a drawing. What can I say, I love these kids.

You may wonder why a person would choose to work with children everyday of the week, and I can understand your confusion. For me though, this is the ages when I have the greatest impact. Allow me to explain by sharing with you What I do, How I do it, and most importantly, Why I do it.

What

I am a USA certified Gymnastics coach who teaches children how to perform skills with the personal desire of building self-confidence and will power that can change the lives of these children, and eventually the world.

As a gymnastic coach, I get to do what I love. The title and means by which I reach these children are of far less significant than the actual outcome. I just happen to be blessed with the opportunity to use a beautiful and challenging sport to inspire and impact the lives of children. Touching the lives of others through gymnastics is What I do.

How

The means by which I bring about these transformations and make this impact is through art, specifically the physical movement of gymnastics.

By teaching a child how to perform a cartwheel for the first time, a back-flip on the trampoline, or a flip flop, I can give them the opportunity to achieve a simple win that will lead to a ripple effect of achievements.

Those who believe that a child with down syndrome can never learn how to do a cartwheel, front flip, or compete at a meet have not met some of my most beloved students. The angels light up my world with their smiles and joy.

Each child is one of a kind and priceless. All they require to reach their full potential is encouragement and guidance from those who care. Gymnastics is simply How I do what I do.

Why

I love working with children. More specifically though, I love working with children in a way that allows them to build confidence in who they are and their ability to overcome any area of life.

I have witnessed the transformation of a child in that one moment when the skill they thought was impossible suddenly becomes their own reality. A smile covers their faces from ear to ear and their eyes light up with an uncontainable excitement. It is in these moments that I get to share in their excitement, offering a high five, a pat on the back, hug or even a happy dance. These are the moments that become engraved in their minds and push them toward new unattainable goals, knowing that they can change the world.

One of the most rewarding place for me to see these outcomes has been in my work with the foster-care system. Each week I have the opportunity to work with a group of girls within the local foster-care home. These girls have each come from abusive backgrounds where they have been betrayed and used, often by those who were closest to them. As a result, they come to us with no desire to open up and trust as they struggle inwardly with an extreme lack of self-worth.

The joy of  seeing the transformation in these girls when they reach that moment of accomplishment is what my job is all about. At that moment, the past has no power over them. At that moment they discover pride in who they are and the confidence to reach for that next goal.

I truly believe that the way a person overcomes the challenges in this life is by first finding a scene of pride and accomplishment within themselves. This self-confidence is what drives a person to reach for the impossible, achieve what others said could never be done, and put the needs of others before their own. This is what it takes to be a world-changer and this is Why I do what I do.

I am a USA certified Gymnastics coach who teaches children how to perform skills with the personal desire of building self-confidence and will power that can change the lives of these children, and eventually the world.

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