I’m a mom to all boys.
So, I know that sometimes I view things through “blue-colored” glasses.
Of course I want young girls to feel empowered and to have plenty of opportunities and be treated fairly. It’s not like I wasn’t a young girl once. And I used to teach and worked to make sure my female students had those opportunities. I’m a loving auntie to five nieces and I want them to feel like they can accomplish whatever they want to accomplish in life.
Girl power, y’all.
But sometimes I read something or see something and think huh, isn’t that interesting… why is there just a girl focus and not just a plain ol’ kid focus?
For example, the core values of the Girls on the Run program aren’t exclusive to girls. This running program encourages positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. The girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate what makes them unique.
And the beauty of it is that running doesn’t require any special skills or equipment. Anyone can do it, even those girls who maybe feel too uncoordinated to attempt a team sport.
But there are boys out there who feel the same way about team sports and who could benefit from learning those same lessons.
There is a similar program for boys that my oldest participates in, called STRIDE. But the disparity in the number of GOTR programs compared to STRIDE is ridiculous. Take for example GOTR getting a shout out from sponsor Athleta on their website and in their catalog. But just try to find even the main website for STRIDE. Or when I see so many adorable GOTR instagram pics on race day and hear “huh?” from those same people when I mention STRIDE.
This isn’t the only example, just one on the forefront of my mind since it’s time for the sign-ups at our school. And I applaud both programs, especially the success of GOTR. I don’t want to take anything away from them… but when there’s a girls only program, I question why there isn’t a boys’ counterpart. Especially since when there’s a boys only program, that seems to be called into question very quickly: because girls can do anything boys can do… but boys have their place and should stay there seems to be the attitude I encounter as a mom of boys.
Whenever I see “we need to teach our girls…” or “our girls need to learn…” it tends to be something that ALL kids should be learning. And sometimes even things that if we taught our boys right, the girls wouldn’t have as much to be worried about.
I see things through blue-colored glasses. But even if I take them off, I still see times when girl power overpowers kid power.
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