Tips to Help Teach Bravery

Children are confronted all the time with new experiences and situations that scare them. These could be life changing like their first day of school to more recreational like learning how to ride a bike.

You can help your child learn to face their fears by making a Bravery Badge that they can wear any time they need a little extra boost in confidence. The Bravery Badge also provides a great opportunity to talk with your children about what situations make them scared or uncomfortable and allow you to address their fears. In addition, this also provides a fun activity for your children to exercise their creativity and ingenuity!

Things You Will Need:

  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Circular items for tracing (bowls, glasses, lids)
  • 2 cut pieces of ribbon, 5" long, 2" wide
  • Glue
  • Star Stickers
  • Safety Pin

Instructions

  1. Sit down with your child and discuss what sorts of situations make them scared or uncomfortable. Ask them about things that are coming up in the future like school. Talk about bravery and what it is and how it can help them stay positive when they're trying something new for the first time.
  2. Have your child identify a few colors of construction paper that will make him or her feel "brave". Using your circular items, have them trace a few circles for the badge. Encourage your child to make circles of different sizes.
  3. Using the scissors, have them cut out the circles, following the lines they traced carefully.
  4. Use markers and the stickers to decorate the circles.
  5. Have your child pick a few of the various circles, and have them layer them (largest on the bottom, smallest on the top) to form the badge.   Help them glue the circles together.
  6. Once the glue dries, remind them of their bravery by writing something helpful like "I am Brave!" or something similar on the front of the badge.
  7. Finally, glue the ribbon in an X pattern across the back of the badge!

Once everything has dried, the badge is ready to serve as a reminder to your children that they can take on any new, potentially scary situation.  Just help them pin it on and they're ready to face anything!

From Education.com