For some teens, trash talking is an integral and even enjoyable part of playing networked games. This creates the impression that certain toys are just for boys and others just for girls, and so some toys are completely out of bounds. I was one of six kids in a military family, so it was perfect. Without exception, the lads responded terrifically, it really made them raise their level of performance. The same teen later described the difference between frustration over poor play in an in-person game like basketball and a video game: One way to foster this is to praise effort and focus on strategies or choices used.
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How to Keep Girls Playing Sports (And Why We Should)
Since her retirement from soccer, Hamm has been active in other pursuits: The play choices for boys, however, were far more diverse and included cars, models of action heroes and popular television characters. So why are girls dropping out, and more importantly, what can we all do — parents and the community — to encourage continued participation? He does expect there will be some initial reservations. Not only are boys more likely than girls to play games with others over a network, they do so with much greater frequency.