Re-writing what it means to ‘Play Like a Girl’

Re-writing what it means to ‘Play Like a Girl’

Whether you’re raising boys, girls or both, as a mom it’s important to help your kids believe in themselves and all they can be. Here’s how…


Being told that you throw or run ‘like a girl’ is often seen as an insult – it can imply a sub-par physical performance, as well as a lack of grit and determination. It’s a put-down that’s likely damaging to the already-fragile teenage girl mentality around sport and competition, especially as research from Whisper (https://www.rewardme.in/tag/whisper) shows that more than half of girls lose confidence when they go through puberty. Indeed, 80 per cent of girls feel they ‘don’t belong’ in sport and 64 per cent actually give it up before they reach the end of puberty. Well, we think it’s time to relearn what it means to play ‘like a girl’ – to help both girls and boys build confidence as they develop and grow. Here’s what we think ‘playing like a girl’ should really mean…

 

It means trying new things

In psychology, a willingness to try new activities is called a ‘growth mindset’ and it helps development because it teaches young people that skills and ability grow with effort. Teach them it’s OK to fail, because that’s part of the process. With each failure they learn what works and what doesn’t, all of which builds confidence and helps achieve future success. 

 

For more tips on raising a confident daughter, check out this article .

 

It means setting goals

Helping your children set goals boosts development and is a mark of good parenting. Praise them for choosing a challenge and putting in the work to achieve it. Supporting them through their endeavors is just as important as congratulating them on the end result. Remind them that success in any walk of life requires dedication and practice – a useful lesson to learn young. 

 

It means being a team player

Playing in a team involves learning the value of being part of something bigger than just your own achievements. They will need to learn how to take instruction and constructive criticism, which is something many children struggle with. In a group context, it can help sensitive children learn to accept this kind of feedback without feeling singled out.

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It means being patient  

We live in a world where having to wait for anything can be an alien concept (and not just for our kids). But by delaying or deferring gratification – missing out on movie night because they’re preparing for a big game on the weekend, for instance – children learn that, often, the ability to delay that feel-good feeling leads to bigger, more important rewards.

 

It means fairness – and resilience

Playing sport teaches the importance of playing fair: no one likes a cheat and there’s no satisfaction to win by cheating. Similarly, the resilience children develop from learning to lose gracefully helps them bounce back from tough times with less emotional angst. Children can’t be shielded from disappointment – that’s not how the real world operates. Sport is a fantastic training ground for this.

 

It means always being prepared

Comfort is of paramount importance to a good sporting performance – the right apparel, appropriate footwear and intimate care products mean you can play with confidence and give your game your very best shot.

 

What would you add to this list? Comment below with your thoughts – we’d love to hear them.

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