I'm thirty-two years old, and after two Olympic Games and ten years of racing as a professional cyclist, I'm still self conscious about my big, muscular legs and flat chest. Girls aren't supposed to have big muscles, right? We all know that's just silly, but that thinking has become part of our culture. It's programmed into us at a young age and we don't even realize it. I was recently watching Peter Pan with my kids and even Tinker Bell looks in the mirror and has an issue with the size of her hips. Every magazine and television show that your daughter sees is full of beautiful, thin, frail models and movie stars.
My husband has coached several young athletes in the weight room and he tells me they are all self-conscious when they start adding muscle. Boys are proud of their big, strong muscles, but most girls wish theirs weren't so big!
So what do you do about it when your athletic tween or teen daughter starts adding muscle and getting lean, and thinks it's a catastrophe?
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