13-Year-Old Girl Sets World Records Because No One Told Her 'No' (VIDEO)

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Abbey WatsonSometimes being a parent is so tough that you take the good news where you can get it. And sometimes, if you step back and just let the good roll over you, you get inspired all over again to kick some serious hiney as a mom (or dad). That's what 13-year-old Abbey Watson and her powerlifting world records have done for me.

You read that right. Watson is a 13-year-old girl. She's still in middle school. She weighs in at 105 pounds. And she can pick up things that weigh more than me. But it's now how Abbey does it that has recharged my mom batteries. It's why.

Very simply: No one ever told her not to. As her coach, Jonathan Sabar, says:

I think the reason Abbey is lifting weight that surpasses adults is because she's never been told she can't do it.

Oh, thank goodness! Finally some affirmation for the power of being supportive parents. It works, it works. It really works! Just check this girl out!

I've got to say, the recent backlash against praising our kids, lest they develop too much self-esteem (apparently there is such a thing?), has really been killing my mom mojo. I am not trying to elevate my kid above everything else in this world, but as a human being, I know a little "hey, you know, you are just awesomesauce" can be the difference between an OK day and fantastic one. Heck, it can be the difference between an absolutely craptastic day and one that doesn't make you want to drown your sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's.

We need more supportive parents, frankly, and stories like Abbey's to keep us going. The bevy of Oscar noms for the hit movie The Help has helped secure a place in the national lexicon for the empowering words of nanny Abileen to her charge. "You is kind, you is smart, you is important" may not be grammatically correct, but it's a perfect counterbalance to the naysayers.

When my kid comes to me, frustrated about something in life, I think it's better to tell her to try, try, try again instead of flushing her hopes and dreams down the toilet. Can she do everything? Probably not. But she definitely can't do anything if she doesn't at least try.

This is what I get from Abbey Watson's story. She walked into the gym with her dad as a sixth grader with no intention of lifting, but when she spied the weights, her dad said, "Why not?" And a star was born.

I'm going to try saying "why not" more from here on out. How about you?


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nonmember avatar hs

It's as much a parent's job to build a child's confidence and self-esteem as it is to be there to support them when life knocks them down. I tell my son how awesome and smart and brave and handsome he is all the time. I believe this is part of the reason he's seemingly fearless and has such a positive and fun outlook on life. Did I mention he's only 3? He also returns the favor by telling me "good job" or "mommy ur beautiful" so he knows praise goes both ways. On that same note it's up to me to explain how life can be unfair or "if at first you don't suceed, try, try again". Like the author said, this is a great story that proves this sort of parenting can be hugely beneficial.

CPN322 CPN322

^^^You are awesome!

Tal0n Tal0n

That. Is. So. AWESOME!!!  I can relate to Abby's parents; mine were the same way.  Even to the point when I was seven and told my dad I wanted to be a boy (I was a tomboy, but also I noticed boys got all the good parts in movies and TV shows, ect and I wanted those parts!) he told me something that I have remembered all my life.  He told me, very seriously, that if I still felt that way when I grew up that there was an operation that could make me a boy.  No judgement, no mocking, he explained it to me so well that I remember it and have ALWAYS remembered it to this day.

How awesome is my dad?  Very.  I cannot tell you how much that little crumb of knowledge helped me as I made my way through life, defying gender stereotypes and figuring out my own sexuality and gender issues.  I'm very comfortable in my skin, thanks to him and others, and identify as a bi-sexual, gender-neutral-fluid, polyamarous, butch bitch.  *wink*  I married a straight guy, love him, and I have two wives on the side and am intimate with all of them when I have the chance.  I've been with my husband for 18 yrs, Big Wife for 10 (Feb 14th is our anniversary!) and Baby Wife(12 yrs older than me) for almost 5 yrs. All above board, incase you were wondering.

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