Motherhood Cooler Than Olympics, Says Amanda Borden

09/11/2008 at 07:00 AM ET

Amanda Borden may have been the captain of the 1996 U.S. Olympic "Magnificent Seven" gymnastics team that won a gold medal, but that experience does not rank in comparison to becoming a mother to daughter Kennedy Faith 13 months ago. Welcoming Kennedy was "by far the coolest thing" that Amanda has ever done and "to see her and hear her for the first time was the most amazing experience of my life."

Now that Kennedy is getting older, she’s showing her personality and is "totally like mommy." Amanda, 31, shared that "she has my energy and personality" and is "climbing, walking, jumping, very gymnastics oriented," which is a good thing because she just began gymnastics class. However, Amanda and her husband Brad Cochran didn’t enroll their little girl in the class so she could be like mom, in fact, it was to teach her life lessons.

"I want to see her doing it because of the fundamentals gymnasts learn — time management, discipline. My biggest thing is that I want her to get involved in sports and choose the one she’s most passionate about."

Source: Arizona Republic

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Dana on

We do that with our kids. They are 7 and 4. Our local Rec Center has many different programs, from soccer to drama to swim lessons to ballet. We have enrolled them in all different classes, by their choosing. The one they seem to be most drawn to lately have been the drama classes, but they also love to play soccer. After trying everything they want, they can choose the one they want to focus on. Or is they don’t want to focus on just one area, they don’t have to. But they are learning how others depend on them and how to work in social settings outside of school.

MB on

I think that’s great. I mean, I think there should be a balance when it comes to involving little kids in activities, but growing up we each had 1 or 2 at a time and it was great. We had to take piano for at least a couple of years (Mom’s rule) but we could choose whatever else we wanted. I did drama camp, soccer, basketball, dance.

LJK on

Does no one else think that 13 mos old is a tad YOUNG for gymnastics?

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