What We Tell Ourselves Matters

from Kira Montuori, Girls on the Run International

Last spring, we painted my daughter’s room. Initially, she requested very bold and bright colors. Being more reserved, I said “Why don’t you do something more subtle and bring those colors into the room through accenting?” (Inner voice pleading: Please don’t want to do crazy-colored walls!)

Thankfully, this spurred an idea in my daughter. With the help of my sister-in-law, they executed Milana’s wall of words. I thought it was great, really great, but its greatness didn’t quite hit me until the other night when my daughter and I were lying on her bed reading together. As I closed my book, I looked at all the words on her wall encircling “Milana is…”

Different. Leader. Fearless. Proud. Lucky. Fast. Joyful. Dreamer.

Bright. Fashionable. Resourceful. Active. Brave. Fierce.

I thought, holy snap crackle pop, she wakes up to these words. Every morning. When the world hasn’t hit her yet, she gets to remind herself of who she is, in her own words.

Words have the ability to breathe life into us. Unfortunately, words can also tear the life right out of us.

I wish this wall was my idea but I’m grateful that my daughter has enough insight to surround herself with words that lift her up. I hope that as she rises from her bed each morning and lays her head to rest each night, that these reminders stitch tightly to the fabric of her core.

Because what we tell ourselves matters. In fact, the internal dialogue is probably the most important voice we hear. Our inner words define our inner relationship and our relationship with ourselves defines every other relationship in our lives.

My daughter’s wall is a reminder for me too. A reminder to choose my words so that they help me RISE and SHINE!

2016 LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Holiday Gift Guide!

With the holidays around the corner, we’re bringing back our annual Girls Golf gift guide.

We’ve scoured the internet to find goodies for the golf lover in your family!

How to Talk to your Daughter about her Body: Step One — Don’t

If you took a poll of adult women asking the biggest challenge today’s generation of young girls have to overcome, you’d likely hear many of them them express their concerns about the power the media has on negatively influencing girls’ body image and confidence. Most women will attest that the adolescent years are perhaps the most sensitive and impressionable time in a young girl’s journey towards developing confidence and self-acceptance.

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How To Get Your Child Started In Golf

Article Prepared by Frank Mantua, PGA Professional, Director of Golf, US Golf Camps

The game of golf is experiencing a “boom” of new life as youth are discovering the excitement of a day at the course. New facilities that offer children affordable access to play the game are being constructed throughout the country and the world. This article is written for parents to offer tips on how to attract their youngsters to play this “game for a lifetime”.

Ideally, your son or daughter will approach you one day and express an interest in learning to play golf. You may have to cultivate that interest in them because you appreciate the qualities that golf embodies and want your children to share those experiences. No matter, because you, the parent, are the person who must provide access and offer encouragement to your children.

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How To Watch Professional Golf Events

by US Golf Camps

One of the most exciting places to be in sports is at a Professional Golf Event on Sunday afternoon. The roars of the huge crowds, bursting with excitement as they root for their favorite player can be heard from all over the course. Or the quiet moments while a player sizes up a crucial putt that could win the tournament, all contribute to an energy that is generated in few other sporting venues.

The atmosphere of big time golf! There is no better place to spend your day, get some exercise, and watch the world’s best players tee it up. Here are some tips to make it fun…

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From the Fairway to the Boardroom: Using the Game of Golf to Empower Young Girls

by Sharon Ritchey, Chief Operating Officer of AXA US

While few would disagree that women need to be more visible in Corporate America’s C-Suites, the challenge is how to get them there.

According to the Center for American Progress, only about 14 percent of women are executive officers, yet for entry-level, college-educated positions, women account for 59 percent of the workforce.It helps to start young and golf can be one avenue that young women can use.

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