I’ve got a prima ballerina on my hands. Even though she’s only six years old, I’m happy to see London feel so much excitement over being a part of something. She always seems so excited to go to ballet class and she’ll shoot up like a rocket if someone asks for a twirl demonstration. It’s really important to me that she participates in some sort of extracurricular that helps her build confidence through physical activity because, in only a few years, it’s common for both levels to plummet.
If you think back to your own pre-teen years, you can probably remember feeling awkward or lacking self-esteem. Looking back now, being a twelve-year-old was a lot harder than it should have been before the era of bills and jobs. It’s the age where we become self-conscious and start comparing ourselves to others. I was shocked when I read that girls’ confidence now begins to drop at age nine. Nine! LS is only a few years away from that. And by age 10, girls’ physical activity level starts to decline and continues this way through adolescence.
If you have a little girl, one program you might want to check out is Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization that strives to empower young girls in third through eighth grades. The program combines physical activity with self-confidence building activities. Girls get to be a part of an organization that promotes inner strength and exercise in a positive, non-competitive environment. The program culminates in a 5K run, and participants leave not only with new self-esteem skills but also with the knowledge that they can overcome challenges.
Recently, Always #LikeAGirl partnered with Target to help empower young girls through this initiative. Target, with the support of Always, is donating one million dollars to Girls on the Run, in order to allow even more girls across the country to participate. They released this inspirational video that shares one girl’s story.
This is a great way for moms to help their daughters build their inner strength! I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for LS when she’s a few grades older. She’s a confident little six-year-old. I’m going to do my best to make sure she stays that way.
Thanks for reading!
This post was sponsored by Always and Target, but all opinions are 100% my own.
Photography by George Elder