Raising girls with Sport
There is an unintended side effect of me staying home with the girls and that is an increased exposure to sport.
I’m sure that there are a lot of stay at home mums out there who help their kids play sport and even watch it occasionally. But I’m like a lot of kiwi men, sports mad, and I have a feeling this will maybe rub off on my girls.
From day one, we’ve always taken out oldest girl out with us when we went to play tennis. My whole extended family play, as does my wife, so she grew up with the tennis court as a second home.
I’m also mad about cricket and rugby, so it’s no surprise that she knows the games. She cheers when we do, and knows when to be disappointed, as shown in the video below. But things have ramped up even more now that I’m at home!
This summer has been the first summer that I’ve been able to catch almost all of the cricket because I’ve been home all day! I’m not sure what mums usually have going in the house, maybe daytime TV, maybe kids TV, maybe music, maybe nothing at all. Things are different at our place. My girls have gotten used to having a five day Test match going in the background. If it wasn’t that then it was the ASB Classic or Aussie Open. There is rugby, league and for the first time in years, I’ve been able to catch the NBA. Netball and Football come up occasionally. My daughter walks in now and knows what game is on TV.
Then there is the supporters gear. We’re not rich, so we can’t afford tons of stuff, but I do have All Blacks clothing and Crusaders clothing (my Dad tries to corrupt the kids with Chiefs stuff!). It does mean that I’ve had to put little pink headbands on the girls so that people don’t think they’re boys but that’s ok.
Lastly, I’ve tried to teach my oldest how to kick, throw, catch and hit a ball. She’s really good at throwing. I would wager that she has a better arm than most of the boys in her kindy! Her hitting is coming along nicely, a swing ball set and tennis racquet for Christmas helped with that.
I joke that if I put the twins into Tennis and my oldest into Golf, then I’ll have my retirement set up! But joking aside, sport not only teaches and encourages them to be healthy physically, but it also helps them as they develop and grow to overcome the challenges that life throws at them. How to whether disappointment and loss and push for the joy that comes with victory. And if they are not victorious, to learn how to accept and be ok with that. I hope that they find joy in sport, both watching and playing and that when the time comes, they will choose to follow a sport or two as far as it will take them.
How has sport played a role in your life? How has it affected your kids? Comment below, or on my Facebook page!