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Swimming. I love swimming, but my body is no longer what it used to look like after having three children and being in numerous motor vehicle accidents. I thought about quitting swimming and not having my husband put the pool up, as he does every summer, but last year, I am not sure what happened, I became comfortable and accepting of my body, of my extra flab. So accepting, I started swimming topless in our own pool much to the dismay of my kids. Even though they thought I was a bit crazy, they realized I was not ashamed of the way I looked. Sadly, 6 out of 10 girls avoid activities because they feel badly about the way they look. However, when girls have a role model at home, they are less likely to let anxiety about their looks hold them back. Though my girls are not going to swim topless in front of their mom, they have said that when they are with their friends body image is the least of their worries. They are Unstoppable Girls.
Moms/role models can better support girls to participate in activities by either playing sports themselves or by attending the sport their daughter(s) is playing. Our girls actively played soccer from ages 5 to 21, and during those years I went to every practice and game. Being there was important for me since I can’t physically play but I can encourage them to do their best by actually showing them that I am interested.
For two years, I drove the eldest to her soccer practice in another city but what she didn’t know until a few years ago, was during some of those practices I sat in the van and cried, wondering how I would drive home because I was in so much pain. She was now crying and asking me why on earth I would drive her twice a week? I explained that I knew how much she enjoyed playing soccer, the company of the girls on the team and I believed she was an excellent keeper (goalie for her team), so I would just increase my pain medication and cry. After she stopped crying, we hugged and she thanked me for my perseverance and support. Long before peer pressure kicks in, Mom’s behaviour shapes who their daughter(s) are and who she will become. Unstoppable Mom’s that are setting positive examples for their daughters deserve to be celebrated!
Moms cannot just sign their girls up for a sport, you have to actually go and watch, chat about the practice or game. When my eldest coached a team, it drove her and me crazy the number of parents who never came to even one game or practice. Despite my disability, I have always encouraged my children to do their best in sports and in school. Middle child has a learning disability, but this past September entered her third year of University. I believe throughout the years, I did everything to give her the tools needed to succeed and want to succeed, regardless of her disability.
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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