Passing on the Baton

#beboldforchange

Recently my daughter has found a love of running, she’s 8 with the attitude of an 18 year old but seriously lacks confidence and would rather shy away from a challenge than be out of her comfort zone. However being a supportive and pushy mummy I brought her the kit and entered her into a local fun run, 3/4 of a mile uphill through streams and in mud pits. On the morning of the race I casually announced that I had entered her, news that was met with squeals of excitement until I said she'd been running it alone as her best friend hadn't entered and her age category dictated you were not allowed to run with a grown up. She instantly changed her attitude to 'I probably won't do it now mummy' and 'I won't know anyone '. With her lack of confidence and self-doubt creeping back in I found myself quoting slogans and presenters I'd heard at a recent seminar.

You are a strong confident woman, you can do this

You'll be amazing. Be bold for change my baby and make things happen.

As I write this I'm chuckling to myself... I'm the person who professes to not being a feminist. Absolutely not at all....but maybe maybe just a little bit...

She ran the race, alone through mud, water and up hills, she beat many children; boys, children older than her and children that had ran before! She was bold.

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Sarah Postlethwaite

Sarah Postlethwaite

Year 2 teacher!

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Ronnie Richardson Ronnie Richardson @mrsrichardson 7 months ago
Wow Sarah it is so amazing to read that this week's leadmeet had such a positive impact on you. Not only has your daughter been bold and brave in taking part in the run but so have you in sharing this! Xx
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Emma Gerrard Emma Gerrard @missegerrard 7 months ago
That's wonderful that your words of wisdom helped her to be braver and go it alone Sarah (the secret feminist). This is such a lovely post. #thisgirlcan x
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Annemarie  Williams Annemarie Williams @awilliams 7 months ago
Lovely to see you being such a strong role model and also to see you thinking about what being a feminist means to you, Your daughter is clearly not the only one being bold Sarah!
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Sarah Lynch Sarah Lynch @slynch 7 months ago
Sarah I love how you've taken away inspiration from Wednesday and influenced your girls at home x
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Rob Mold Rob Mold @robmold 7 months ago
Brilliant to see how the language you use with your daughters encourages them to #BeBoldForChange. You are a fabulous role model to your girls, they are strong and courageous, just like you! #SecretFeminist
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Jill Berry Jill Berry @jillberry 7 months ago
Great stuff - shows it's not just about our being bold, but about encouraging those we care about to be bold, too. Well done to your daughter.
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Cheryl Parry Cheryl Parry @cherylparry 7 months ago
❤ this story about how you and your daughter are being #beboldforchange. You for writing this blog and your daughter for running that race
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