Girls are often defeated before they have a chance to follow their dreams.
By age 10 many girls are directed to goals and objectives their parents wish for them…parents living vicariously through their children.
Preventing girls from dreaming BIG and doing whatever is necessary and affordable to assist them will produce more women such as Jamie Anderson and her ilk.
“When you fall, you gotta get back up and get back on the horse,” Anderson told Insider on Saturday night after the Big Air competition. “It’s OK to have crashes and let downs, but it’s how you respond and continue to work hard and take care of yourself.” https://www.insider.com/x-games-jamie-anderson-losing-you-gotta-pick-yourself-up-2020-1
Here is Anderson’s Mom commenting on her approach to raising Jamie.
“I wanted them to be like children, playing outside, running and jumping and not sitting inside at a desk,” said Lauren Anderson, who raised the kids in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. “They got to be free, building their bodies, protecting their spirits and minds, and not being pushed or pressured.”
Jamie has seven siblings. SEVEN.
“Lauren home-schooled her eight kids while running a lawn-mowing business on the side. But the emphasis wasn’t on academics.”
“But at 9 years old, Jamie begged her mom to let her learn to snowboard, and within the year she was winning championships and beating boys who were older than her.”
Let’s scrap the idea that girls need to dress a certain way to avoid boys getting the “wrong idea”.
Let’s avoid modeling subservient behavior that our daughters believe they must live under the control of a man.
Let’s not teach our girls that their lives don’t matter compared to that of a man’s.
Let’s stop preparing our girls to be victims of sexual and domestic assaults.
Let’s teach our girls to be bad asses and take the world by storm and be anything they want to be and to be strong enough to reject criticism.
Let’s stop asking five year old girls, “Do you have a boyfriend?”