Teach girls to box. Send boys to gymnastics

Give your children a diversity of skills by opening your mind about their options

Gabrielle Mongan (13), Whitechurch Boxing Club, represented Ireland in the 2019 European Schoolboy/girls Championships in  Georgia. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gabrielle Mongan (13), Whitechurch Boxing Club, represented Ireland in the 2019 European Schoolboy/girls Championships in Georgia. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The success and excitement of the recent Fifa Women’s World Cup proved, if ever it was in doubt, that football is not just for boys and men. But though we’ve begun to move away from stereotypes and all their restrictions in adulthood, when it comes to hobbies and extracurricular activities for our children, there’s still a tendency for parents to largely involve their children in activities that are gender-typical.

“There are many benefits to encouraging children to play with a variety of toys and engage in a variety of activities while growing up,” psychologist Susi Lodola explains. “It allows a child to develop a range of skills and not just skills that are typically associated with their gender.

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