My niece (also known as "the Little Bug") is about to turn three. My brother and I were both incredibly diverse in the sports that we played growing up. Heck, I even did 10 years of dance. However, I was never a cheerleader. My mother was, and sometimes I think she still wishes she was one. Not that it's a bad thing. I never wanted to be a cheerleader. I wasn't ever really friends with the cheerleaders, because I was normally on the court or field.
So, here's my question: is it wrong to promote being on the court over being on the sideline with pom poms? My niece's little friend (aka my brother's best friend's little girl) is always decked out in a cheerleader uniform for games. I don't know that they're pushing her to be a cheerleader, but it seems that way to me. Again, not that it's a bad thing. I'm just not comfortable with it.
I know that if they choose to be a cheerleader, it's fine as long as they love it. But, I don't want that to be her only option. I want my niece to try everything. Make sure that she'd rather be on the sidelines.
I'm lucky that my SIL wasn't a cheerleader and was always on the court too. Maybe lucky isn't the right world. Maybe I just have a very negative connotation of cheerleaders. I don't find there is much use to them. However, many will disagree with me. You can still truly love sports and be a cheerleader, I know that. Maybe I'm just asking for a personality trait, which you can't choose for someone.
But really, is it wrong to think that way? I just want my niece to have the confidence I learned from sports. To be able to keep up with the boys when talking about sports. To enjoy that part. Because I love it.