If You Want Your Kids to be Brave, Then You Have to be Brave.
Challenge them to try new things.
As a parent, you have the responsibility to increase life exposures and experiences so your child can develop confidence to cope with the larger world. Children have many fears and they need practical advice to help them cope. Remind them that being brave and doing brave acts does not mean that you were never scared. It means that you were scared but did it anyway.
Introduce them to real life role models.
Role models provide learning and inspiration. Children watch and imitate people around them especially people they look up to. They observe and learn from their beliefs and character traits and their positive influence helps develop positive values within them.
Read them stories they can learn from.
Stories can help children recognize they are not the only ones with fears. Children can see themselves reflected in the stories they read. They provide a simple and safe way to help us explain to our kids that fears are universal and that we can overcome our fears if we harness the courage within ourselves.
Let them know it is okay to make mistakes.
Learning from mistakes builds confidence but this only happens when you, as a parent, treat mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow.
What Marvelous Mistake Did You Make Today?
Give them opportunities to practice.
Encourage them to do activities that push them to the edges of their physical or emotional selves – drama, sport, music. Anything that will help to nurture the truth to life that they are strong, powerful, that they can cope, and that they are not as fragile as they might feel sometimes will help to nurture their brave hearts.
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Think Outside the Box with Creativity
Introduce them to other courageous kids.
Share inspiring news and stories about children who are brave and courageous.
See How these Kids Inspired Me.
Let them know they inspire others.
Find something that creates
joy within you.
Take one small step
and then another.
Choose the right network for support.
but keep going.
Celebrate their Accomplishments.
Celebrate their efforts, the PROCESS, and their accomplishments.
See Awards and Accomplishments.
Awareness is the first step
in making change.