Advice on how parents can nurture exceptional talent in their children

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Advice on how parents can nurture exceptional talent in their children

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I first noticed how talented Gabrielle was when her older sister, Arielle, started to teach her cartwheels and she was three-years-old, and she was doing perfect cartwheels right off the bat. She didn't need any practice, you know, it didn't take her a couple of times. Pretty much the first one she did was beautiful, and my daughter, Arielle, said, "You need to put her in gymnastics." And Arielle had been a gymnast and so, I guess she recognized her talent, but I could see that it was something that she loved and then by the time she was six I decided to go ahead and, with a little prompting from Arielle, put her in gymnastics. And then my sole thing that I wanted to make sure that I did was to give her something to do that she enjoyed doing. I didn't want her to live out my dream, I wanted her to be happy with her dream, and to be fulfilled with what she wanted to do. And so, I put her in gymnastics, and she loved it. And I think it's so important for parents to find out what their kids enjoy, what their enjoyment is, what they enjoy doing. I think that, as a parent, it's our responsibility to help them find their path in life, and whether it's sports, whether it's academics, I just really believe that it's our job to help support them and help nurture them. I want to make sure that I help all of my children reach their dreams.

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Natalie Hawkins is the mother of Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist.  Virginia Beach native and single mother of 4, Hawkins faced many struggles putting Gabrielle through Olympic training, giving up everything she had to see her daughter succeed.  Hawkins allowed her daughter to leave their Virginia Beach home and close family bonds to pursue her dreams, train with Chow's Gymnastics in Iowa, and become the Olympian she is today.  Hawkins has since been honored in the P&G “Thank You Moms” campaign. 

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