Finally. Some role models our daughters can look up to

I absolutely loved watching the Olympics this year. I love global sporting events and always love getting behind Britain’s athletes and sporting champions – especially when we win! And didn’t we do well? Second on the medal table and 27 gold medals. Not bad for a small island.

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But there’s more to winning than a moment’s victory and ten minutes on the pedestal for the medal winners. There’s finally a whole class of legends for our children to look up to and aspire to be like. These are worthy champions. People who believed in themselves, people who strived to be the best they could be, people who never gave up.

In a world where reality TV stars and selfie sticks reign, I found it refreshing to finally watch down to earth, ordinary women being interviewed on my TV screen. The girls rocked it – Laura Trott, Jade Jones, Nicola Adams, the women’s hockey team, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning…the list goes on. Their sweaty hair and non-botoxed faces made a welcome change from doll-like Kim Kardashian and the pristine ‘just-made-up’ faces of the Made in Chelsea cast.

These girls were on our screens because they are talented and are doing great things with it. Not because they look a certain way, got lucky in the right place, or famous for having sex on You Tube. I wasn’t looking at them critically trying to find a chink in their armour (her makeup looks odd, that hat looks silly, that bum’s had filler)…I was lapping up their words (not their PR’s), and enjoying the honesty of their interviews. It was great to see ‘normal people’ speaking from the heart, with all of the humble modesty that normal people tend to have. They were just ordinary girls, who done good because they have raw talent and determination.

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Now…don’t mistake my ramblings here as a self-riteous rant. I am the first to admit that I watch this crap – Love island, Ex on the Beach, TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, Keeping up with the Kardashians – all of it. I bloody can’t get enough of the stuff. But I watch it for the very reason that I know it’s crap. I like to think it isn’t really real life – I watch it for escapism from real life, something brain-numbing and ‘easy to watch’ after a chaotic day.

But my reality TV viewing hit new lows this week as I watched Gemma from Ex on the Beach pace around the villa shouting ‘who wants to finger me?!’ in reaction to her ex boyfriend kissing another girl. Seriously? Call me a granny, but it really does worry me when I see scenes like that – when did it become normal for girls to talk about themselves in that way? More worrying is the fact that the girls are all fighting over the boys at the expense of each other – pulling out each other’s hair extensions and brandishing around vile, personal remarks to each other (all about their looks of course). This seems to be the case across all reality TV shows (trust me, I’m an expert). What happened to Girl Power and sticking together? Bring back the Spice Girls.

Really, I know that it isn’t normal at all. I don’t know anybody who would behave that way. It’s why we like ‘reality TV’ so much – because it really is so far removed from reality that we find it entertaining. I know this. But will my daughter? Will my daughter understand that being a girl isn’t all about having the perfect selfie face, a Kim Kardashian bum and a large Instagram following? It isn’t about fighting other girls for the boy or ‘putting out’ in order to be liked.

Of course she will.

The Olympics this year have reminded me once again that Girl Power still reigns supreme. Good things still come to those who work hard at what they do, and despite an undeniable growing fascination with the way we look (fueled by social media and famous-for-nothing-else-celebrities), there’s still a place in our world for girls who want to achieve more than that.

Thank you, Team GB.


A Cornish Mum
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  1. Sharon Parry
    September 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I have had this conversation with my teen daughters many times. I’ve come across a celebrity and naively asked what they are famous for (acting? singing? sport?) and been told that they are just famous for being famous. I really don’t get that. And I was so worried that they would look up to people who will do anything to get into the public domain rather than the women who have really achieved something. I’m now discovering that my girls can actually see through that after all and whilst they may find celebrities entertaining, they do not actually want to be like them or necessarily admire them. Thank goodness for that. Perhaps my old-fashioned view on life is rubbing off after all!! #PicknMix
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  2. chocolateandwineandillbefine
    September 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Well said! I am thrilled at how much my 3 year old enjoyed the Olympics. To her these girls are legends, and at the moment all she wants to do is be Laura Trott. I know I can’t shield her from the social media and reality TV world we are living in forever (though I intend to try for as long as I can), but at least we have a large number of amazing real role models for them to look up to also! #PicknMix

  3. Sarah - Mud Cakes and Wine
    September 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I love this post and really agree about the strong rolemodels for girls. I only have boys but would so want these girls to be role models for the girls I know and for my boys about success and working hard #picknmix

  4. Mummuddlingthrough
    September 3, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I couldn’t agree more. The emotion in the post sport interviews was incredibly moving. My husband and I stayed up to watch some events and when we struggled to stay awake, we laughed at our pathetic selves because those athletes would have trained relentlessly, we couldn’t even stay awake past eleven!
    So proud of our team GB athletes!
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  5. Laura - dear bear and beany
    September 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I can’t believe this, that is shocking to read that a girl would say that. I agree the girls in olympics did amazing and it’s so lovely that we have them for our daughters to look up to. It worries me so much raising 2 girls in this world X #picknmix
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  6. Emma
    September 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I love this post and agree with everything you say! Girl power is where it is at. 🙂 #KCACOLS
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  7. Becky @ Educating Roversi
    September 3, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Totally agree! And I watch all that rubbish tv too. We’re lucky at our school as Alicia Blagg (Team GB diver) is/was a student at our school so she regularly comes in to show her medal from the last Olympics and be a role model. It’s a wonderful thing. #KCACOLS

  8. Andrea @Topsy Turvy Tribe
    September 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Yes. Agree 100%. I have two boys but used to teach in a girl’s school. It’s amazing how much impact soaps and reality TV have an impact. Totally bring back girl power! #KCACOLS
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  9. Tracey Bowden
    September 4, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    As much as my daughter loves watching you tube videos she doesn’t really watch reality tv yet. She admires the likes of Little Mix and Taylor Swift but this year she was really engrossed in the Olympics and I think it was brilliant for her to see how much you can achieve like the amazing ladies in Team GB#kcacols
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  10. Sarah Golisti
    September 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Oh Nat, I agree so much with this. I absolutely loved watching the olympics and was so impressed with all the female olympians – really something to aspire to. I particularly enjoyed watching the GB hockey team – such an inspirational group, all looking out for one another and supporting one another. Far better viewing then bitch fights over pathetic boys. #kcacols xxx

  11. Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine
    September 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Totally agree. Although sport never interested me (and I didn’t see anything at all of the olympics! Shocking!) they should be hugely proud of their achievements. Being thing, having nice hair and wearing clothes is not the only valid goal in life. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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  12. Alex Fihema
    September 4, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    You are absolutely right and I do worry because I have five girls.
    But, as you said, thank you Olympics (also Elsa from Frozen and I do apologise for throwing that in too), for showing us that girls can do things better than us boys #KCACOLS
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  13. The Speed Bump
    September 4, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I absolutely agree with you! They’re fantastic role models for young girls – no drama, no ever-changing carousel of relationships – just strength, determination and hard work. #KCACOLS
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  14. Ky
    September 4, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Completely agree. Although my little girl was too young to understand the olympics this year, I hope that by the time the next one comes around she will. I also try not to watch tv too much around her at the moment but I’m not looking forward to once she gets older and discovers reality tv. #kcacols
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  15. Jade - Raw Childhood
    September 4, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Completely agree with you 100% on this. It’s a shame that the biggest names are the ones who are from reality tv shows and famous for doing nothing! I loved the olympics this year and felt so empowered. Girl power! #KCACOLS

  16. Coral
    September 5, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I don’t have a daughter but 100% agree! Archie has really gotten into gymnastics since the Olympics and similarly I think it’s great that the likes of Max Whitlock and Lewis Smith have made these traditionally ‘girly’ sports acceptable to boys too!
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  17. Coral
    September 5, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I don’t have a daughter but 100% agree! Archie has really gotten into gymnastics since the Olympics and similarly I think it’s great that the likes of Max Whitlock and Lewis Smith have made these traditionally ‘girly’ sports acceptable to boys too! #KCACOLS
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  18. Winnettes
    September 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Well said. I feel very much the same about this. I try not to watch too much reality TV as it mostly concerns me, the society is changing. A large amount of self respect, in both men and women, isn’t there anymore. When did it become OK to throw yourself at someone? Say those things? What happened to ‘if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’? I throughly enjoyed watching the olympics and showed my daughters as many of the highlights that I could. They just loved the gymnastics! As they get older I hope they take inspiration from people like them.

  19. Themotherhub
    September 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    It really is great isn’t it ? Just to see people who have worked so hard for something succeeding. I had to explain to my son why so many of them were crying – because they were happy they had done so well at something they had worked so hard for. It’s one of the only places we get to see men and women on an equal footing as well which is so important #kcacols
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  20. Pen
    September 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Yes, I agree, our children now have some great role models. We just need to make sure that we keep them at the forefront of our minds and on our television screens so that they can keep acting as the positive role models that our children need. Thanks for your post. Pen x #KCACOLS
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  21. justsayingmum
    September 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    just incredible role models aren’t they – they don’t compare to the reality TV stars who are just famous for being famous. I wrote a post recently about girls being so much more than boobs and bums and it made this very point about why we need to show our girls role models who inspire for the right reasons – it’s not easy being a parent of girls in today’s day and age but those olympic girls make it so much easier! Great post! #BloggerClubUK
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  22. natalie
    September 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Great post lovely I couldn’t agree more – I had a conversation with a friend about the reality shows (which like you I actually enjoy) and how girls are just having sex with everyone on TV and girls are fighting – seriously? Is that how we are raising our girls? I am mortified by it all – am I just too old now (Im 35) am I a prude?

    All I can say is well done Team GB you have gave us all hope! #picknpix #bloggerclubuk
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  23. Something Crunchy Mummy
    September 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Completely agree with you! #bloggerclubuk xx
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  24. Tooting Mama
    September 7, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I so so agree! I’m completely fed up of vacuous non-talented celebrities, and those who had talent but now I have to put up with their offspring! At the moment we live in France, and Kim Kardashian is a bit part player – no doubt there French celeb types but thankfully they pass us by. Why can’t we celebrate talented writer, scientist, doctors, athletes? Thanks for you post! #BloggerClubUK

  25. A Cornish Mum
    September 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I love this! I was thinking exactly the same watching the Olympics, if I had a daughter that is the sort of female role model I would want her to look up to! I’m the same with some trashy tv….. it’s compulsive car crash tv. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix, hope to see you there again tomorrow

    Stevie x
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  26. Talya
    September 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Totally agree! Finally some role models who are not a bunch of massive fakers. I really hope people start worshiping at their alter rather than the messed up alter of celebrity!!

  27. Sonia
    September 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Here here! Totally agree! It’s great to see women like this in the spot light for a change! #KCACOLS
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  28. The Mum Reviews
    September 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Absolutely agree. I’m not super into sports but I’ve really appreciated that women athletes are some of the best role models out there. So important to teach our kids that tv and social media isn’t always reflecting reality! #kcacols

  29. James Hopes
    September 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

    All of our Team GB folks did an amazing job and there were lots of good role models in there for girls and boys alike. Always nice to see people being rewarded for something they’ve worked hard for and that is a great life lesson! #KCACOLS

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