One of my goals as the mom of a little girl is to teach her confidence and determination. Of course, I want my boys to possess both of those traits, too, but I feel like this is often harder with a little girl. Already, at 5, I’ve heard little boys tell her that she cannot do something “because she’s a GIRL.” Sorry, no. Girls rock, little macho man.
Today, she wanted to get her legs onto the top of the monkey bars.
“You have strong muscles,” I told her. “If you keep trying, you can get your legs up there.”
While she swung her legs up high, I cheered her on, giving her as much feedback as I could about how close she was. After several minutes, I asked if it would help if I turned my back and was quiet. “Close your eyes,” she commanded.
I told her I would turn my back and watch Gus while she tried.
“Strong muscles,” she chanted as her feet left the ladder. A minute later “Mama, look!”
“I knew I could do it!”
“I can see everything up here!”
“I even know how to get down!”
“I can do this, too! No hands!”
We’re still working on gun show.