superdumb supervillain: Do You Play Like A Girl?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Do You Play Like A Girl?

Whether through nature or nurture, I was a sedentary little kid who has grown up into a sedentary adult. I have been trying to tap into my inner outdoorsiness but it's hidden pretty darned deep! Both of my kids possess a physical grace that I simply do not. They have rhythm and physical coordination and, perhaps most importantly, they enjoy playing. I never wanted to run around and climb things or play team sports. It never even occurred to me. If I was on a playground, it was probably on a swing with my nose stuck in a book.

Thankfully, my kids are much more athletic than I ever was. They both love to run around and play with their friends. They're the first across the monkeybars at playgrounds, they join in team games and are rapidly becoming tennis sharks. I'm happy they have more balanced personalities than I did when I was their age, especially with all of the distractions they face daily. It's so important for kids to stay active, especially in this digital age. Our children are constantly attached to one screen or another: televisions, smartphones, tablets and computers seem to have a hypnotic allure to the younger generation.

While I'm glad both of my kid are active, it's especially satisfying for me to watch Roo run around. When I was her age, I was entering a particularly awkward phase. I started developing early and was always self-conscious. Roo is also an early developer but she's become more active this school year and she has really blossomed. She loves being with her friends and jumps head first into any game she can. I love how fearless she is! Her independence and energy are really infectious and I think they have helped shaped her cheerful, self confident personality.

When boys on the playground tell her she plays like a girl, she's proud. And so am I.

My husband and I aren't huge sports fans but Roo and Jasper already have their favorite teams picked out. They like to watch sports on TV, although they prefer playing themselves. This football season, Verizon has created a series of videos featuring the "FiOS Football Girl" who one-ups her brother's football savvy using FiOS technology that empowers you to be a part of the game.

Verizon wants to hear from parents who are as proud of their daughter’s athletic achievements as they would be if she was a boy. They want to provide a place to go to show that pride – a place to harness and share the empowering impact that sport can have on the lives of girls.

Verizon FiOS gives your family the connection and speed you need to play with the big boys. Share your proudest moment of your daughter’s athletic achievements at You could be chosen to win a grand prize valued at $5,000!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Verizon. The opinions and text are all mine.