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Used in conjunction with positive feedback, constructive criticism gives an athlete an idea of what needs improvement in a tactful and non-offensive way. If your child is particularly sensitive to criticism, it may be a good idea to just offer positive feedback, but most generally, combination of two works nicely together. There is a note you must be aware of before you give your child any amount of constructive criticism, and that is its timing. It’s advisable not to do so right after they have finished their training session. Wait until just before they start next one, so they have some perspective on what they need to improve upon, without feeling as though you’re ready to “shoot them down,” so to speak. They’ll definitely appreciate it.
Finally, for more experienced gymnast, there is concept of competition-and-reward in sport. This is sometimes used by coaches to encourage their athletes to compete against one another and to improve, all with promise of some kind of reward. It may be a pizza party, it may be a day off, it really depends upon what level of sport your child is in. You can use it to your advantage, too, in just about any way you can imagine!
Take note that punishment is not one of recommended motivational methods. Punishment is always negative and decreases motivation in long term. In fact, it may even lead to development of phobias or aversions in future.
With this in mind, I hope that your gymnast is motivated and successful!
If you want to read more about motivation, I recommend you take a look at another article I wrote giving specific advice on increasing motivation: Gymnastics Motivation Or check out my favorite book on subject: http://gymnasticssecretsrevealed.com/good/motivate.htm .
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