It’s the last day of the Olympics today! We’ve had a great time watching all of the amazing athletes compete, from Michael Phelps to Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles, and a British trampoliner that my eldest nicknamed “Beard Boy.” Even though I have an all-boy household, we spent plenty of time watching women’s sports. I have an article about this topic on Parent.Co talking about the importance of showing boys women athletes.
The benefits to young women playing sports are numerous – it reduces the risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer, and depression. But I believe there are benefits to my sons as well, in seeing our family and, this summer, our entire country, cheer on strong women. I hope this will teach them that it is okay to root for and support people who might be different from them, and that doing so will cost them nothing.