Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Niagara Water. All opinions are mine.
Raising a daughter is not an easy thing to do, no matter where you go. I want to raise mine to be a strong, confident person. Everywhere you go, there always seems to be competition between boys and girls, just in everyday life. There is a global frame of mind that girls can’t do the same things boys can do. I do not want my daughter to grow up thinking she can’t do something because “it’s for boys.” This includes sports.
I witnessed this very thing when I signed my daughter up for soccer. Her best friend was there too, with her brothers. She wanted to play soccer and be on the same team as my daughter, but her mom told her that soccer is not for girls, it is a boy’s sport! I was shocked, speechless really. I would never think to tell my child she cannot do something because it is meant for boys. In fact, I would encourage she try whatever it is she wanted to!
That poor little girl spent an entire season watching her best friend run around the field and learn what it’s like to be a part of a team and push yourself and each other to be better. She spent an entire season watching her brothers play a game she longed to be playing as well. I am sure her confidence went down the tubes that season, thinking that even her mom thought she couldn’t do the things her brothers were doing.
Thankfully her mom came around and the following season she didn’t hesitate to sign her up. She saw how happy my daughter was playing (and all the other girls on the team) and that it wasn’t a sport just for boys. Good for mom! She instantly boosted her daughter’s confidence by letting her know that she can do the same things as boys!
Girl Power in Action: Watch it With Your Daughter!
I feel it is so important to teach not only our girls that they have the power to do whatever they set their minds to, but also to teach our boys that girls can do the same things they can. In soccer, a goal is a goal, no matter who makes it. The point is the same if a girl scores it or a boy, right?
Check out this amazing Niagara Water video that depicts exactly what I am talking about (it brought a tear to my eye, you have to watch to the end!)
These girls are just as tough and athletic as the boys (one boy even says ‘I didn’t know girls could slide like that’!) Watch it with your daughter!
Show off your girl power in the #GirlUpSweeps & Enter for a chance to win a $700 soccer scholarship
Niagara Water has teamed up with USA Women’s Soccer player Heather O’Reilly in the Niagara Water Girl Up Sweepstakes. What does that mean for your daughter? It means that she has the opportunity to earn a $700 soccer scholarship for a week of soccer camp!
To enter, simply post a pic of your daughter playing soccer on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #girlupsweeps. So simple! Or if you prefer, you can go directly to the website girlupandwin.com and upload it directly.
Has your daughter ever been told she couldn’t do something because she was a girl? How did you handle it? Tell us in the comments.