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Anne Josephson
Anne Josephson is President and CEO of JAG Gym in Los Angeles. Among the largest gymnastics schools in the country, over 2,000 kids attend JAG weekly. JAG’s mission is simple: We do good things for kids.

Anne holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and a M.S. Ed. in Educational Psychology from USC, where her focus was on how children and adolescents learn best. She is the parent of four daughters ages 16 to 20.

In addition to serving on USA Gymnastics Board of Business Advisors and the USAIGC Business and Education Committee, Anne also is a member of the Athena Leadership Board at Barnard College and is a former board member of an independent all-girls school in Los Angeles. Anne blogs about JAG Gym, parenting, operating a small business, college admissions among other topics at

Entries by Anne Josephson

A Kafkaesque Gymnastics Dream

(4) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Imagine that you train for your entire childhood for the opportunity to represent your country in your sport.

Imagine that you go through the process of the qualification competitions and earn your spot to represent your homeland in the World championships.

Imagine that your country's governing body of the sport...

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15 Reason Competitive Sports Are Great For Kids (That Have Nothing to Do With Winning)

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 1:33 PM

To compete or not to compete? That really is a question when it comes to youth sports.

Why should kids compete? Is competition good for them? Is it necessary to get them prepared for their grown-up lives?

I don't think that competition is either good or bad. It just is....

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Fun, Fitness and Fostering Character: 8 Tips to Make Youth Sports Great for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:01 PM

Parent brawls, coaches who belittle athletes and the kids who are suffering from injuries, eating disorders or stress and exhaustion. It can leave a parent wondering: why is it valuable for my child to play youth sports?

As a former athlete, parent to four and owner of a gymnastics club...

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Note to Self: 4 Reminders as My Child Heads into College Auditions

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 9:38 PM

My youngest daughter set off on her very first college audition for theater BFA programs this past weekend. As the trip was some 2,500 miles from our home, I accompanied her.

Not unlike a major sporting event (think playoffs or Olympic qualifications), the audition process is one that is filled...

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12 Ways to Be a Happier Sports Parent in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 3:40 PM

1. Enjoy watching your children's joy in doing their sport, not in your children's achievement within it. The six key words for sports parents to say: I love to watch you play.

2. Assess your circle of sports parent friends. Stress is contagious. So decline getting...

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It's Not Just Words: 10 Smart Word Choices of Smart Athletes

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 4:38 PM

A few weeks ago, I was counseling parents of an athlete at my gym. According to the parents, the daughter was considering "quitting" gymnastics because she believed that she was "sacrificing" too much to do the sport.

"What do you mean by sacrificing?" I asked.

"I mean she sacrifices so...

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20 Reasons Your Preschooler Should Do Sports (That Have Nothing to Do With Learning Sports)

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:06 AM

What if Johnny never learns how to do a cartwheel? Or if Janie never scores a goal? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a sports readiness class?

Yes, I say.

Absolutely yes.

In addition to sports offering a fun way for preschool kids to...

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A Dangerous Dozen: Misguided Ideas of Well-Meaning Sports Parents

(3) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:36 AM

Johnny started playing soccer because all of the kids in kindergarten were signing up. Then, by third grade, he is tapped for the all-star team that meets year round and competes in tournaments out of state. Jenny began gymnastics to burn off some extra energy as a toddler. Then, before...

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35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:52 PM

"He's 'just' a coach."

"She's 'just' a teacher."

These are two sentences that make my blood pressure spike to the point that I get a little dizzy.

Managing approximately 70 gymnastics professionals, all of whom are teacher-coaches, I am acutely aware of the amount of training and education that...

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Fit and Funky

(11) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:21 PM

When my daughter Abrielle was 4-years-old, I enrolled both her and her 5-year-old sister Samara in a dance class called "Fit and Funky," a combination of jazz and hip hop class for the pre-school set. To me, it was a blessed 45 minutes where these two very active girls could...

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Yes, Your Child Is Special... Just Like Everyone Else's

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:57 PM

My number one rule of coping with parents who are over zealous is this: you cannot blame people for feeling irrational when it comes to their child, they love them too much to feel any other way.

I get it. I am a parent, too.

I feel (disproportionate) sadness when...

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What a Headache Taught Me About Procrastination

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:13 PM

My head is throbbing.

My neck hurts.

My eyes are sensitive to light.

My shoulders are tight.

Yes, I am suffering from the common malady: a headache.

It's not my first rodeo. In fact, I know exactly what I can do to help it go away. In fact, they are...

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An Open Letter to Competitive Parents, From a Parent Who Hates the Rat Race

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Dear fellow parents,

I am writing to you because I give up. Your child is better than mine. You win. I will no longer play the game of competitive parenting.

I'll admit it, I'm scared. What if by quitting the competitive parent game my kids are doomed to a life...

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