Dear Berry Patch Families,
Are your kids willing to eat new foods, try new things, meet new people, and embrace new opportunities to learn? Some children dive right into unfamiliar situations while others hold back. Both responses are normal for young children. Whether outgoing or timid, children benefit from parents and teachers who help them to be brave.
The Berry Patch virtue of the month is courage. Ask your kids to describe the lessons on courage learned in the classroom. Enhance the learning at home with the following ideas to inspire your child to be brave.
Tips for Raising Courageous Kids
- Remind your child of past courageous actions like going down the big slide at the playground, meeting a friend for the first time or trying a new food.
- Explain what your child can expect in new situations. Knowing what’s going to happen as well as what’s expected of the child will ease anxiety and foster confidence.
- Reassure togetherness verbally and physically. Take part in the new event with your child. Model bravery, unconditional love, and support.
- Encourage appropriate risk-taking.
- Allow children to fail. Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow, sometimes more so than success. Share a time you failed and had to try again. Perseverance is a quality to encourage to be courageous.
- Recommended Books
The Invisible String Patricia Karst
The Berenstain Bears & the Gift of Courage Jan & Mike Berenstain
The Kissing Hand Audrey Penn
Franklin’s New Friend P. Bourgeois & B. Clark
The Koala Who Could Rachel Bright
This is my command—be strong and courageous!
Do not be afraid or discouraged.
For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 NLT
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator