Making it an Adventure Article

Girls Can Do Anything Boys Can Do

We often relate to our babies by imagining them growing up to do the things we like. So there are a lot of great athletes about 2' tall. Picturing our sons playing in the NFL comes naturally, but girls, well, they do girl things and then fall in love with some guy with questionable motives.

In fact, our instincts tell us to roughhouse with our sons, but to hug and protect our daughters. So you can see it is easy to shortchange our baby girls in terms of opportunity right from the start (same with our baby boys when it comes to hugs).

The great news is that girls today are showing they can do anything boys can do. (Powder puff football leagues are organizing in our neighborhood). Times have changed, and while most girls still like playing with dolls, more and more grow up to like softball, soccer, basketball, water polo, and lots of other athletic and adventurous activities.

Someday your daughter could be teeing off as a golf pro, racing a car, or climbing mountains (perhaps with you).So start her early. She definitely benefits from roughhousing with you - probably more than a baby boy does because his whole environment growing up features rough and tumble play.

And keep it going, as research clearly shows that girls whose fathers engage them in sports grow up to enjoy better fitness, stronger self images, and healthier, lasting relationships later on in life with men. (On that note, teach her a martial art.)

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