This post is part of YummyMummyClub.ca‘s support of the Dove® Unstoppable Moms for Unstoppable Girls Contest. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. Go to www.UnstoppableMoms.ca to enter by sharing how you inspire girls to reach their full potential.
Too often, young girls feel so insecure about their bodies that it prevents them from doing an activity that they love. This is so sad because these activities not only give girls a chance to form life-long friendships and learn new skills, but can be really beneficial to self-esteem if they can overcome the insecurities. I know how they feel!
It happened to me
When I was 15, I started playing tennis. I loved that activity! It was fun, speed and felt so good! But I had some weight issues. When I put the shorts on, I felt so ugly! The look of the others made me feel miserable. I was good at this sport! I won nearly all the time and my coach signed me up for tournaments! But I quit! I was so scared that the crowd found me ugly and fat in the shorts. I couldn’t stand it! I regret it today. I wish my parents encouraged me but they didn’t. “Fat girls do not wear shorts,” they used to say. I often wonder how far I could have gone in the sport if I hadn’t been too insecure to stay with it. Sadly, 6 out of 10 girls avoid activities because they feel badly about the way they look.
Don’t let it happen to her
Moms are one of the most powerful forces in a child’s life. With the right support, they can do a lot to help build up a young girl’s self-esteem. I think the most important thing moms and role models can do is let their girls know that they can do anything they set their mind to. Whether it’s singing in a chorus concert or swinging a bat on a baseball team or skiing; girls shouldn’t be made to feel like they have to fit into a particular mold. Too often, young girls are told they can’t play certain sports because they’re supposed to be more feminine, and that’s just sill. You can be a girly girl and still pitch a ball or ski like a pro.
Today, I show my daughter that she can be anything by going after my own dreams. I am unstoppable, plain and simple. Despite many challenges in my life, I’m still standing and still reaching for my goals. However, being an unstoppable role model is more than just showing the world that you can go out there and achieve no matter what you’re going through. It’s also about showing that you can reach your goals without stepping on others. It’s about letting children know that kindness plays just as much a role in success as assertiveness. Being a role model is also about showing that sometimes things don’t work.
Are you an unstoppable mom?
Share YOUR story about a time when you thought about quitting an activity you loved because of how you felt about your body and let them know how you think moms/role models can better support girls to participate in activities. You have until June 13, 2013 to enter. You could win $2,500 for yourself and $2,500 will be donated to help raise a girl’s self-esteem.
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