Written by Team ParentCircle and published on 10 May 2021.
Meet Mary Kom whose never-say-die attitude has always struck an instant chord with sportspersons and mothers alike
An inspiration to children all over India and a guiding light for youngsters who want to take up boxing, Mary Kom has shown that no hardship or problem is insurmountable. And, when everyone thought that her sporting career was over after she had three children, 'Magnificent Mary' came back to the ring with renewed energy.
Mary says she can balance work and home by being quick in her decisions, just as she is in the boxing ring. ParentCircle had an exclusive chat with the champion. Scroll down to read all about Mary Kom and her magnificent journey.
Q. How do you keep going strong even after years in the boxing ring? What is your secret?
A. My secret is my determination to win and my undivided focus on training. I train regularly no matter what unless there are unavoidable circumstances. Of course, it is a blessing from above, that has enabled me to strive this far.
Q. What are the challenges that you faced in your growing up years?
A. Today, most people know about my background and upbringing. However, it was not always the case. I came across several challenges at all stages of my life. As a sports-loving little girl, I was always ignored and belittled by my male friends in my native village. But I never gave up.
Being the eldest of three children, I would mostly be occupied helping my parents provide for everyone at home. I was not bad in my studies but due to the pressures at home and the needs of the family, I had to take a different path. But, now I believe that whatever happened was for the best.
Q. What is your mantra to balance work and family?
A. Being quick to make decisions in my daily life has enabled me to tackle several tasks effectively. Also, I believe that waking up early helps one achieve work-life balance.
Q. Are your children interested in sports? How do you encourage their interests?
A. They are crazy about football and love to play football in their spare time. I support them in every possible way. I bring them sports kits whenever I travel abroad.
Q. How do you and your husband spend quality time with your children?
A. We hardly have time to go out for dinner and holidays. The little time that we have together, we love to just sit doing nothing. Sometimes we let our children perform what they have learned in school.
Q. What is your and your husband's parenting approach?
A. Our approaches are a little bit different. My husband is soft by nature, so is his approach to everyone including our kids. He corrects them with ease and softly. In my case, I do not compromise easily, even with my kids. I let them know for sure that they should not repeat the mistake they have made. Meanwhile, I appreciate them for all their accomplishments.
Q. What is your future plans?
A. If all is well with me and my health, and if it God's will, I will keep training and compete in the upcoming competitions.
Q. What is your advice to kids who are inspired by you and want to take up boxing?
A. Today, boxing and other games are not just sports. They have become some of the best career options for youngsters. It is not easy to excel, so give your best efforts and be determined. Do not be distracted by anything on the way. Fitness routines will vary for different individuals, situations, and locations. What is required the most is, being consistent and regular, and strictly maintaining fitness.
|Mary's message to her sons|