Stay In The Game

Thank you Athleta for sponsoring this post. 

The fall months are literally knocking at our door, and even with a few weeks of summer vaca left, I am already planning out my children’s after school sports and activities. The emails threads have started pouring in from their dance classes and soccer teams, talking about practice times and uniform distro. It’s an exciting time, yet crazy and somewhat overwhelming. Of all my children, Siella seems to build the most anxious about starting new things, or teams. We recently had a chat, about her wanting to quit soccer, because she didn’t feel that she was good. I sat her down, and shared a little story about my childhood…

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Growing up I was not a sports person. I’d rather paint a portrait or crochet a blanket, and I loved trips with my mom to the arts and craft store. Needless to say, I was the artsy type but come sixth grade, I decided I wanted to play basketball so I joined the team. I remember being completely intimidated by the whole thing, and finding even practice drills to be super hard. Just before our first game, the ball hit me so hard on my forehead, that I can still remember the pain; not to mention it kept me on the bench for the entire game. I fought off the tears until I was home, where I pleaded with my parents to send a note to the coach, saying that I was quitting. I remember my mom sitting me down, and telling me rather than quitting, I just need to practice more. The next day, my dad drove to the sporting goods store, and picked up a hoop for the backyard. It wasn’t a proper hoop, and I don’t think I even had enough room to dribble but I used that space to practice everyday after school. After a few months, I actually became a pretty decent player. And this is story I shared with Siella, trying to convince her to “Stay In The Game”.

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This back to school season, I’m thrilled to partner with Athleta, because I love a brand with a  mission to empower women and girls. This fall, as practices ramp back up, Athleta Girl will be encouraging girls to stay in the game. The Women’s Sports Foundation research shows that girls drop out of sports 2 times faster than boys, and that girls are walking away from sports before they realize they’re full potential. But if we as parents, coaches, and teachers continue to ignite a community of active, healthy, and confident girls to support one another, they will realize their potential is limitless!

Encouraging Children To Stay In The Game | Stroller In The City

Athleta focuses on providing premium and quality apparel that fits all women and girls’ bodies. They are my first choice when choosing workout gear, because I love the way their styles fit, especially on my little sporty girl Siella. This Tank, Capri Tight and Hoodie are Siella’s favorites; and I adore these Modblock Light Pants, Hyper Focus Bra, and Topanga Racerback Tank for our practices and to wear everyday!

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I think my “serious” talk with Siella sunk in, as she’s agreed to give soccer one more year, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. This little chat has made me realize that I have once again allowed my workout routine and sense of self care to fall by the wayside, so I decided to make myself a promise that if she is not quitting, I certainly can’t either. I need to get back in the gam, and stop with the excuses, especially with my new threads from Athleta!

Encouraging Children To Stay In The Game | Stroller In The City

I wanted to share this mantra by Athleta girls to share with your special one..

Before anything else, we’re girls. Girls who jump high and shine bright.

Girls who dream crazy big. Girls who learn that we can do everything we put our minds to.

Girls who would do anything for our friends, our squad, our tribe.

We’re bold, brilliant and a thousand times awesome.

We’ll grow up, but we’ll never grow out of it.

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Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine to name a few.

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