How can we help kids build courage?

Teaching courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Ann Radmacher

By teaching our children to be courageous, we arm them with the tools they need to thrive.

Sometimes, ‘safe and certain’ might be the perfect place for our kids to be, but so much growth and the things that will enrich them will happen when they explore courage, even if just for a few seconds.

Ways to encourage courage:

~ Show them what bravery looks like – if we want our children to be brave, then we have to be brave!

~ Invoke culture and heritage

~ Point out real life role models

~ Build confidence and try new things

~ Speak of their bravery as though they’re already there

~ Challenge and praise

~ Give them space for courage of thought.

When children feel good about themselves and see that they have the personal power to make courageous choices, they are more likely to lead personally satisfying and successful lives.

“Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver.”
Brené Brown

 

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