Category Archives: parenting

School Lunches, Most are Gross!

appleIt is truly horrible… They just showed a NYC school lunch on tv… Not one fruit or vegetable. It’s so sad they will not make the lunches more healthy. And it probably would not cost any more than that crap.

Young kids DO like fruit and vegetables. I have seen kids share and enjoy healthy foods, including those kids whose parents claim their kid will not eat anything healthy. The parents are often shocked their child enjoyed something healthy.

It is a moment of sharing healthy foods between kids that can change some family’s eating habits for the better. Kids are often willing to try new foods they see their friends eating and enjoying. And they often enjoy that new food too! Unfortunately, it is the ADULTS that claim kids do not want to eat better simply because the adult does not enjoy healthy foods.

Please give your kids fruits and veggies at home every day, it will pay off in the long run.

Enjoy your fall season… And let me know how I can help your kids…



Many gymnastics and cheerleading coaches do not know the science behind flexibility… It’s sad.

My reaction to this situation…

So sad… Many gymnastics and cheerleading coaches need more education on flexibility and conditioning…

web-flexibilityI’ve seen a horrible gymnastics coach do this too. She was fired from one gym, but she is coaching gymnastics again in another gym. It IS ABUSE. If your child’s coach is manually stretching them to the point of tears remove them from that team immediately. There are plenty of good coaches to train with in this country. Your child does not need this physical damage or emotional trauma in their lives!

There IS a way to increase flexibility drastically without all of that pain and trauma. It is not always the muscle group that is tight. It is often the neurological system that will not allow more range of motion. It is literally locking up.

There are safe, effective ways to manually stretch to increase flexibility. I have done it countless times while keeping my athletes happy and healthy. If your daughter or her teammates need more flexibility I am happy to help them become more flexible without torturing them.

The gymnastics and cheer worlds need more people with the CSCS certification involved for conditioning. (Search online for NSCA CSCS to see what it is.)  I am the ONLY CSCS in NJ with 30+ years of high level/competitive gymnastics experience. Yes, there are MANY wonderful coaches in NJ that I greatly admire and respect, but none with the sports science background. Let me know how I can help your daughter and her teammates,

#gymnastics #cheerleading #flexibility #stretching #sports #nj #training 

Sports Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Sports

Have you seen this yet?

Sports Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Sports by Karen Goeller

web-sports-lessons-front-coThis children’s book is a collection of stories about young female athletes who have learned valuable lessons through sports. Sports include gymnastics, cheerleading, tennis, golf, skiing, boxing, martial arts, swimming, diving, track, soccer, and dance. By reading these short stories your child will learn new lessons, change their attitude, or possibly redirect her sports career. The stories show the value of sports lessons beyond the fun, skills, and competitions. Your child will enjoy reading this book and sharing the stories with her friends. Nice gift for any female athlete, sports parent, or sports coach.

This is very similar to Gymnastics Lessons Learned. You do not need both books.

See all books by Karen Goeller at

#sports #children #kids #books #gifts #lessons

Energy Drinks are DANGEROUS, especially for kids!

I just saw someone post a photo of two little boys about 9-10 years old with energy drinks in their hands. That is NOT what children should be drinking!!!

Look at these 3 websites…

Anything synthetic, generally speaking, is dangerous,” he says. “Energy drinks are a perfect example of that.…/why-energy-drinks-and…/

Although healthy people can tolerate caffeine in moderation, heavy caffeine consumption, such as drinking energy drinks, has been associated with serious consequences such as seizures, mania, stroke, and sudden death…

Thousands of kids have faced serious — and potentially deadly — side effects after consuming energy drinks, new research shows… serious side effects, such as seizures, irregular heart rhythms or dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers found.…

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS

Books are great gifts for kids and adults!


Great Article on Parenting

In addition to the required psychology classes, seminars on coaching, seminars on mindset, childcare fundamentals certifications, and counseling & sports certifications I have attained over the years, I personally have worked with thousands of kids from all walks of life over my 30+ years of coaching. I have seen the outcome with my own eyes.
This link goes to a wonderful article by Victoria Prooday, OT, might be an eye-opener for some… 
My favorite quote from this article…What good are we doing them by giving them what they WANT when we know that it is not GOOD for them? Without proper nutrition and a good night’s sleep, our kids come to school irritable, anxious, and inattentive.

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS

Books are great gifts for kids and adults!



Really? Personal Training for a 4 Year Old? NOPE!

Personal or Private Training is NOT Necessary for Young Children… And I WILL NOT Train a child that young!
I just had a parent of a 4 year old just call me for training… Really, 4 years old?!?!?!
Some of these parents are ridiculous. It is NOT necessary to do personal training for a child that young!!! And too much of anything is NOT good. It can lead to over-use injuries, fatigue, over-training, sports or play related accidents, joint laxity from too much stretching, and burn-out.
Extra training for a child that young can be downright dangerous!
I state on my websites that I will only train 10 years olds and up. Occasionally I will take a younger athlete if it involves conditioning for injury rehab.

Olympics Will Bring Kids into Sports… What Will Your Kid Learn?

Olympics Will Bring Kids into Sports… What Will Your Kid Learn?

web-sports-lessons-front-coWith the Olympics around the corner, people will be signing their kids up in sports programs around the USA. What will these parent expect their kids to learn in these sports programs?

Past experience tells me that many expect their kids to become Olympians. I have told countless parents that it is easier to become a doctor or lawyer than it is to become an Olympic gymnast. There are only a handful of spaces every four years and your child must fit into the minimum age requirements.

It takes 20-40 hours of training a week for many years while balancing school, sleep, nutrition, and sometimes even a social life. This is an enormous commitment for not only the athlete, but for the entire family. Is that parent of that 5 or 6 year old thinking of this commitment when they rush into the gym to sing their kids up for training? Probably not.

What they CAN expect to gain from sports training for their child is more valuable. In a good program a child will learn many life skills and lessons. These young children will learn to balance time, that persistence pays off, they will improve their ability to focus, they will learn to take turns and share, be patient, and that it is ok to be uncomfortable to reach a goal. Your child may even learn that lack of effort does not help with progress and may even cause injury.

High level gymnastics coach has done it again, with another book. This one is a children’s book that has stories of young athletes who have learned life lessons through their sports. It is a great read for 6-10 year old girls. The sports included in this book include skating, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, cheerleading, boxing, martial arts, track, and dance.

Sports Lessons Learned: Life Lessons through Sports children’s sports book is sure to be a hit with your child athlete. It can be ordered through Amazon or purchased through most book retailers. This is very similar to the original gymnastics version, Gymnastics Lessons Learned.

Author Karen Goeller, CSCS, has written more gymnastics books than anyone in the USA. She has educated thousands in the gymnastics and fitness industries for many years in person as well as through her books and articles. She has produced countless successful athletes and currently trains athletes of many sports for performance, helping with strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, and most importantly confidence. Be sure to check out the new children’s sports book or reach out Karen Goeller if your child needs help. You can just type her name, Karen Goeller, into amazon to view her books ( or go to her blog
#sports #athletics #athletes #olympics #kids #books

Dear Helicopter Parents… Don’t Stress Out!


You DO NOT have to DO your child’s school projects and homework! You are not helping them learn or become independent by actually DOING THEIR assignments. Let them ask the teacher questions, do the research, and get their own grade. Their adult selves will thank you for it even though they are whining about it now.

I never in my life had help with a school project and only had help with math homework twice even though I struggled. I maintained a B average being dyslexic.

Kids CAN do what they are asked if parents allow them try. Maybe steering them in the right direction on a project or thought process would be helpful, but to actually DO the project for the child is a disservice to that child. It produces kids who cannot think for themselves, are not accountable for their actions, cannot solve problems, and they will not learn the actual assignment.

YOU are not the student anymore, your CHILD is the student. The teacher may be looking for more interpretation, research abilities, and the thought process than for perfection. Projects are an opportunity to learn that some parents are taking away from their kids. Please don’t do it. Your child will survive doing their OWN work and becoming responsible just as many of us did growing up.

Celebrate when the project is done or celebrate when they get their OWN respectable grade for the project, but please DO NOT take the opportunity to learn away from them. Your child only goes through school once, help them make it the most useful years of their life by NOT doing their assignments. Unless you want to end up with Beavis and Butthead.

Best of luck. I can see that the job of a parent is enormous, draining, and difficult. I have tremendous respect for parents. I have worked with literally thousands of children over the past 30+ years and have studied child psychology. I am still in touch with many who I trained 20 hours a week for several years. I have seen the outcome over and over again with kids who get everything handed to them vs kids who are forced to learn for themselves and be independent. Try to think of it as raising an adult, not only comforting a child. And of course, reward great efforts in a memorable way.

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