Raising physically active girls

May 4, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

On Thursday April 30,2015, Sara Smeaton  wrote an article fro the Life section of the Globe and Mali (p. L 5) titled Ten rules for raising active girls.

Research shows that from an early age, boys demonstrate  superior active skills. Physical activity / literacy is important not only for lifelong positive mental health and wellness, but also academic success.

The ten tips listed below are recommended by  Dr Vicki Harber from U of Alberta and are directed to parents who want to raise active daughters.

  1. Be clear on non-negotiables like wearing seat belts  (include physical activities and allow for choice)
  2. Be aware of gender stereotyping – give girls the same opportunities you’d give boys
  3. Create a safe play space for toddlers – let them explore
  4. Do caregivers provide the same opportunities to be active
  5. Let boys and girls play together
  6. Provide  ample choices
  7. Expose kids to the outdoors
  8. Choose activities wisely – kids develop a wide range of sills indifferent environments
  9. This is not about you (the parent) – have fun and be happy
  10. Find active role models to connect with an mentor your children

Check out the article for more information, and if you are interested in Vicki Harber’s work you can Google her or read this article titled The Female Athlete Perspective: Coach/Parent/Administrator Guide.

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