Mar 8, 2018

Can I Do That if I am a Girl?

Georgia asked her Mom, while watching older boys scale the Vivo climbing wall. Georgia regularly climbs in a climbing class on Saturday mornings. As a 4-year-old, she’s not expected to climb very high, but as she watched a 6-year old boy climbing higher, she asked if she could try too.

With her Instructor’s encouragement, she began her trek passing by the older boy who inspired her on his way down. About half way, she paused, asking if it would be alright to keep going. After a little more climbing she shouted down asking again – this time specifically if she could go all the way to the top. 

“I was nervous watching as a parent, but I know how qualified the instructors are, and part of what I like about Vivo is that there aren’t so many limitations put on kids. They can play freely.” Monica, Georgia’s Mom, recounts watching her toddler reach new heights.

A determined Georgia, with tiny hands grasping onto each climbing hold, carried onward and upward. Her mission gaining the attention of the parents and older children down below and upon reaching the top, they all broke out into applause.

“She turned around, looked down and starting waving.” Georgia’s Mom describes her proud ‘atta girl moment.

Monica loves to see the all-inclusive class demographics where her tomboy daughter fits in just as comfortably as the little boys she sees enjoying dance class.

“I see every child being made to feel just as special and not any different for being there.”

Environments for Energetic Play

Forces like Georgia have plenty of activities to choose from here at Vivo that help her thrive. Classes are led by instructors who don’t put limitations on kids, letting them explore and play in a creative, safe place.

“Vivo does a great job at making my little girl feel empowered.” Monica beams.

With her youngest daughter, Lily, in Child Minding and Georgia in Preschool, or Camp in the summer, Monica finds some “me time”. Giving her a chance to take an essential break, go to the gym, try a Zumba class or, as a full-time student, find some study time in the on-site Calgary Public Library.

Along with programs in place at Vivo, Monica is teaching her daughters about gender equality.

“When she asks can I do that because I’m a girl? I tell her you can do anything that those boys can do.”

And Georgia’s initial question, “can I do that if I am a girl?” answered - as she waved proudly from the top of the rock climbing wall. A resounding yes – and much more Georgia, climb on.

This story was orginally published on June 5th, 2017. 

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