This is the first year that PickyKidPix doesn’t see her closest friends since Kindergarten on a daily basis. She’s in middle school now and she and her friends are on different teams, different school buses, and doing different activities. They had no common activity, so I suggested boxing.
PickyKidPix started boxing with me during the summer weeks when she had a free week and she loved it. I had to give up my Thursday Mother/Daughter boxing slot since our boxing trainer had no more time to add in new sessions but it was worth it. Her two friends joined her and have been boxing all winter; a great way to get exercise in cold New England!
What’s been especially nice about their three-way friendship is how resilient it’s been for the past seven years. They really support each other and the fact that they share similar interests has made their friendship strong. They also are more willing to try new things because they will do it together.
PickyKidPix plays on three soccer teams right now — town, club and indoor — but she never would have been playing soccer if not for her friends who encouraged her to try soccer in first grade by joining their team coached by one of those friends’ mom (thanks Katherine!). That was the same year their book club was formed so they’ve also shared their favorite books which has motivated my daughter to read more.
In third grade, she and her friends abandoned skiing for snowboarding. They took an introduction to lacrosse class in 4th grade. Only her friend Helena stuck with lacrosse though. In 5th grade there was that (disastrous) Hip Hop class they all tried together too. Turns out PickyKidPix is not great at memorized dance routines so she was a little disruptive (ahem!) and we all didn’t quite make it through the end of the year dancing hip hop.
What I love about PickyKidPix and her friends is how much they support each other. They are all sporty girls but they excel in different ways. For some sports, one of her friends will be much better than she is, but that friend will claim that she’s just as good. Upon pressing, her friend will demur, “Well, almost as good as me. It’s only because I snowboarded more last winter.”
Middle school, girls and friendships can be a tough combination. Who knew it would be boxing that would help keep them together?
p.s. Doesn’t our boxing trainer look like such a tough guy as he’s training the girls? In truth, he’s completely indulgent as they mess around between turns. They are a handful but they seem to amuse him and they all really like training with him. He’s pleased with their combinations below.
I looked for other role models who box and happened across the Victoria’s Secret supermodels who train quite seriously as boxers in order to stay fit.
I sent this to my boxing mom friends and our trainer (who didn’t need much encouragement to watch the videos. In fact, my mom friend Penny told Marc our trainer that he should be paying me for sending him the videos! LOL!).
But, seriously, those models are good. Check out their jump roping skills! We are now hard at work to improve our jump rope skills and to train like Angels!
Beauty and Strength: Supermodel Adriana Lima Trains as a Fighter
Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Doutzen Kroes Boxes to Stay Fit
Supermodel Marisa Miller Trains as a Boxer for Sports Illustrated
p.s. Related posts (a.k.a. we try a lot of different and weird sports and other ways to stay active)
My Jump Rope Challenge