Life is hard. Period. But it is arguably a little tougher on the females of our species, especially young growing girls. It all starts when they start going to school and begin charting their paths.
Gradually, their minds evolve from the simplicities of childhood to the complexities of puberty. They also have to deal with society, its rules, and the pressure that comes with that. Put all this together, and you get a tough life that is difficult to navigate, even for adults.
However, the excellent news for all girls out there is that with sports, everything gets a little easier. So as a parent, getting your daughter to play sports is a good idea in every possible way.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that sports are beneficial to a growing child. They help kids develop physically, mentally, and socially.
For girls, they help them grow into happy, motivated, and successful young women. Not forgetting the tremendous health benefits they bring with them. Girls who play sports by default exercise more, so they experience fewer cases of obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure.
Additionally, girls who play sports are more confident, have better self-esteem, and build more meaningful relationships in their lives than girls who don’t. When you think about it this way, playing sports is a great way to give your daughter an edge over her peers in life.
You should also keep in mind that at some point in their lives, especially when girls get to high school, everything suddenly becomes insanely complicated. And this is where girls with a sports background get to shine.
While their peers are dealing with bouts of sadness and depression, they thrive and have higher opinions of themselves, believing in their innate abilities and competencies. Plus, they have better relationships with other girls, having learned to get along better, and to handle stressful situations more rationally.
Here is another excellent reason why girls should play sports: it keeps them away from social media. According to statistics, almost 70% of girls spending over 10 hours a day on social media are non-athletic. So if your daughter is into sports, they will be much less likely to indulge in toxic social media. And we all know the adverse effects of social media. When girls play sports, they are less likely to be cyber-bullied, sad, or depressed dues to social media, and that is a great thing.
Sports in general, and team sports in particular, also offer tremendous social benefits to the players. “For example, if your kid plays a team sport like baseball, she will get to interact with a lot of different people. She will learn how to act in a wide variety of situations along the way, how to be a good sportsperson when they win, and how to lose with grace”, says Andrew, The Bat Nerd.
Plus, it fosters a sense of camaraderie that goes beyond the team allows for the formation of lifelong friendships.
Team sports also help girls become more disciplined and have respect for authority. These people give instructions and make sure rules players adhere to the rules. When those rules get broken, they issue punishments.
So what does this mean? Well, a girl who grows up playing sport gets to understand the importance of authority and the set rules. They will appreciate that there are consequences to breaking those rules. In the end, they grow up to respect authority and to be more disciplined than their peers. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that girls who play sports perform better both in school and in the workplace.
Girls should play sports for a large number of reasons. Sports help them become more confident, assertive and teach them how to speak up for themselves.
They make better friendships and develop more positive views on what they can and cannot achieve while gaining vital leadership skills. So the next time you wonder why girls should play sports, stop, and instead ask yourself this: why not?