My girls learn skills & life lessons
Karen Stock says sport is an important tool for instilling confidence in her two daughters, Charlie, 14 and Bronte, 11, as it teaches them to respect what their body can achieve athletically, rather than how it looks in a photo. She says: “Both of my girls play a lot of sport. Bronte plays netball and does cross country and gymnastics and Charlie does swimming and rows cox, she’s up at 5am to train six out of seven days!
Sport gives them a different focus outside of the academic pressure and social scene at school. I really like that it gives them another group of friends outside of school, as well.
They also learn skills and life lessons they wouldn’t necessarily get from school. They learn about good health, how to take care of their bodies and understand fitness, exercise and healthy eating. And it gets them off their screens. It limits the amount of time Charlie is idle and on Snapchat.
It teaches them to set goals and that if they want a good result they have to work hard. Now that they’re older, they can’t accidentally come first, they have to work hard to get good results, be dedicated and go to training even if they’re tired and don’t want to.
They learn to deal with disappointment and to work as a team, which is important these days when the world is so ‘me, me, me’. They support each other.
There’s so much pressure on teenagers, even if they are naturally aturally confident like my girls. Sometimes s you still see them crumble down own from something that happens att school. They need confidence e by the bucketload.
I think sport teaches them to appreciateppreciate what your body can do for you in terms ms of strength, fitness itness and endurance. e. You see your body as having a purpose urpose other than n just for looking good ood in a photo.” Karen Stock with daughters Bronte, 11, and Charlie, 14.