Tuesday, 29 March 2016

play rugby like a girl

Chick 4 started attending a rugby session for under 7's a few weeks ago, and today Chick 5 decided she'd like to join in too. Initially she had thought it was a 'boys' game because most of the children in the class were boys. I hated hearing that. It made me even more determined to make sure she had a go at the class. Even if she didn't like it after a session - at least that was her choice, opposed to her thinking she shouldn't have a go because it's 'not a girls game' 

Recently there was a campaign started called #likeagirl  (follow link to see the video)

Being told you do something "like a girl" as an insult is a hard knock for any adolescent. As girls enter puberty, it can be a very difficult world to navigate. Negative comments and attitudes about a girls can have a huge impact on their self-worth and confidence.

I want my children to grow up in the knowledge that they can do ANYTHING they want. I don't want them to ever think they can't do something because it's only 'for boys' (or only 'for girls'). Women's rights have come a long way in the last 100 years, but there is still a long way to go. There are still pervading attitudes about a woman's 'place' and what is socially acceptable. I don't want my daughter to ever think she isn't good enough. 

My girl - you can and should do whatever you want to do in life. You are good enough. Being a girl is great. Doing something 'like a girl' means succeeding, triumphing. Don't believe in the limits that the world sets for you. You're better. Smash the limit. 

Watching you fully immerse yourself in the training for the first time was a real privilege. You won player of the week. 

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