My girls learn skills & life lessons

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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.

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