Posted by: Sue Atkins
Courage isn’t about something magical that happens inside us to make us ‘not scared’.
It’s about something magical that happens inside us to make us push through fear, self-doubt, anxiety, and do the things that feel hard, challenging, or out of our comfort zone.
Sometimes, courage only has to happen for just a few seconds at a time – just long enough to be brave enough in the moment.
There’s something else that kids need to know about courage too – you don’t always see the effects of it straight away.
Courage might mean sticking up for a friend, trying something new, speaking up for something they believe in, overcoming a small personal challenge or fear or getting back up after a mistake or a setback & trying again.
Often, these things don’t come with fireworks or applause. In fact, they rarely do. The differences they make can take time to be noticed but when their actions & choices are driven by courage, the differences those actions make will always be there one small step at a time – building the muscle & mindset of courage.
There are lots of ideas on my blog about small ways to build courage but here’s just one suggestion to ponder.
Encourage your kids to do activities that push them to the edges of their physical or emotional selves – things like drama, sport or music. Anything that will help to nurture their own self confidence so they feel that they are strong, powerful, that they can cope, and that they are not as fragile as they might feel sometimes.
I wrote my ‘Can Do Kid’s Journal: Discover your Confidence Superpower’ to help children develop their courage & a ‘Can Do’ attitude to life & it’s bursting with tried-and-tested activities that will empower children aged 7-11 with skills they need not only in this time of turbulence, change & uncertainty.
It’s full of fun filled illustrations & is perfect for developing resilience, confidence and a growth mindset.
It offers kids a multitude of engaging guided activities to help them make lots of small changes that will make a BIG difference in their day-to-day lives.
I wrote it so children discover:
- how to believe in themselves
- how to face challenges with confidence
- learn to bounce back after setbacks
You can buy it here
Brave can be a thought, a feeling, or an action & I think Winnie the Pooh says it best don’t you?
‘Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.’
How can you help your child be more courageous this week?
Love to hear you’d thoughts ?