Throughout childhood, there are opportunities to be brave - jumping off a diving board, speaking up when a friend is being bullied and attending a new school. Just in the past year, kids have shown immense courage as they've learned how to cope, and sometimes even thrive, during a pandemic. Having courage helps children to persevere against challenges, and in the process it raises their self-esteem.
Here are a few ideas for how parents and caregivers can help children show courage:
- Make sure your kids understand what courage is.
- Use everyday situations for children to demonstrate courage.
- Praise and affirm kids when they show courage.
- Use mistakes as learning opportunities.
- Be a source of support for children.
- Teach kids that sometimes asking for help takes courage.
To get the conversation started, check out these books from the library:
Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different
Even more titles can found here!
Note: Information for this post came from The Center for Parenting Education.