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August 22nd, 2005 (06:14 am)
current mood: perplexed

Yesterday morning I was playing catch with the twins. Very limited catch; they were standing about a foot away from me. Now, these kids have received about the same level of advice on throwing a ball (i.e., none), and have had little or no exposure to playground sexism. But Arthur was throwing overhand, and Elizabeth was throwing underhand.

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Posted by: Pooh Wei (poohwei)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)

I was playing catch with a 5-6 yr old girl and a 4 yr old boy yesterdaytoo. I was mixing up overhand and underhand throws to them and I remember the girl trying both throws too. What I remember about the boy was his having no idea about catching ... or about getting out of the way. If I had to guess I'd say he mostly threw the ball overhand.

Fortunately it was a soft squishy ball and we were mostly in a swimming pool -- they were on a very long/wide shallow step.

What I enjoyed most was pretending that their balls were flying super-fast at me and I would flip back into the water as if knocked over, causing much laughter and hilarity from the kids.

Posted by: Pat Siobhan (patsmor)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)

Have you guys talked about it in front of them?

Have they seen other parents in your group playing with their kids? Do the mothers throw underhand and the fathers over?

Are they practicing it together and finding which one they are good at?

I, for example, can't do some things for which I need extra upper body strength, which I don't have, but I do have good aptitude for things requiring balance or strong legs. Funny thing, that.

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