Courage can, from the outside, look impressive and powerful and self-assured. However, it can from the inside feel scary, frightening and unpredictable. It can feel like anxiety, or fear, or self-doubt. This is because courage and fear always exist together. It can’t be any other way. If there is no fear, there is no need for courage.
Sometimes, courage only has to happen for seconds at a time – just long enough to be brave enough.
Being brave does not change anything for the child. It doesn’t make the situation, feeling or event any less scary, nerve wrecking or any less stressful.
Telling them to be brave does not help them. It actually risks denying kids the chance to fully express themselves, acknowledge their feelings and emotions in that moment.
What is important for kids to know that its ok to feel the fear, and then find your brave. Its also ok to know that failure is good- that there is no such thing as failure only feedback. We should celebrate failings. In order for kids to be brave, they need to feel safe. They need to feel secure.
And they need to feel comfortable in making mistakes. And know that mistakes are ok One of best way to teach your kids to be brave, is to demonstrate that skill yourself.
Let them know when you feel nervous about doing something new or different and them show them that you can do it.
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