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The Fine Art of Consoling a Child Fencer Who Just Lost

The Fine Art of Consoling a Child Fencer Who Just LostWho’s fault is it when a fencer loses a match? Here are your multiple choice answers:

  1. The parent
  2. The coach
  3. The ref
  4. The opponent
  5. The child
  6. All of the above

There is a correct answer here, and we all know it.

It’s not your fault that your child lost the match, after all it’s not your job to do everything for them but to facilitate them doing things for themselves. It can’t be the coach’s fault, though of course it is the coach’s job to offer your child training and support. Might it be the referee’s fault? Sometimes refs do make bad calls after all, so the ref plays a role. The opponent is a huge factor of course, but it’s unfair to say that it’s their “fault” that they won, that’s what they were supposed to do!

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Five Truths that will Transform Your Fencing Parenting

Five Truths that will Transform Your Fencing ParentingThe biggest single influence on your child is you, their parent. That’s both a wonderful thing and an intimidating thing all at the same time. Learning how to navigate fencing parenting isn’t something you’ll learn from a blog, but there are some “aha!” moments that we’ve found helped us to feel more understanding about the process.

Here are five truths that, if you apply them to your fencing parenting regularly, will transform not only how your child experiences fencing but also how you as a parent experience it! It’s worth exploring what fencing means for you as well as what it means to your child, as well as how those two things affect one another.

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Fencing Online – A Social Media Guide for Fencers and their Families

Fencing Online - A Social Media Guide for Fencers and their Families21st century parenting is complicated. Social media platforms have stormed onto the scene in the last fifteen years, completely changing the way that both parents and kids interact with peer groups and the wider world. Gone are the days of notes passed in class or phone calls to update far away family members on how life is going, now kids text each other and parents post videos on social media.

The online environment can in many ways be a blessing. It allows us to connect with people who have shared interests, interests like fencing. It allows us to connect with family and friends. It allows us to document our children and their accomplishments. However it can also be a curse. It’s easy to fall into negativity in the online world or to post things without thinking. Not only that, online interactions make anonymous bullying easier and can make our connections less real and more virtual.

For better or for worse, social media is here to stay. How it shapes our lives and the lives of our kids is up to us. Here are seven social media guidelines for fencers and their families.

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Nine Travel Tips to Prepare for Fencing Competition Season

Nine Travel Tips to Prepare for Fencing Competition SeasonOne of the greatest things about moving forward as a competitive fencer is that competitions are increasingly broad, taking fencers from one end of the United States to the other.

One of the most stressful things about being a competitive fencer is trying to figure out how to make the most of a heavy travel calendar that takes you from one end of the United States to the other.

How can fencing families get the kind of fencing experience that they want, stay on budget, and still have room to balance the rest of their lives outside of fencing? Here are nine competitive fencing travel tips to help you do just that.

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How to Hack your Fencing Schedule and Duties

How to Hack your Fencing Schedule and DutiesWhen I look at our own family and its fencing schedule, with four kids attending fencing lessons, classes, camps, travelling to different competitions, ranging from local to nationals, I can feel totally overwhelmed.

And I realize often, that I need to figure out what the most stressful things are, and how I can manage them more simply?

I am sure as a devoted fencing parent you also may experience a lot of stress in your fencing parenting that you would like to avoid or at least handle better. Know that you aren’t alone in this, and hopefully I will address some ways that you can manage this stress  based on my own experience and on what I see other parents do.

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