It wasn’t too long ago when Reshma Saujani did an amazing TED Talk show called The Importance of Teaching Girls to be Brave, Rather than Perfect. It’s ironic when you think about it really. We’re all trying to teach our girls to be perfect, and our boys to be brave. But why shouldn’t we be teaching our daugters to be brave as well? Why are we aiming for perfect when no one human is perfect? We’re all perfect messes at times, but in reality, we can never be perfect. So why are we trying to raise our daughters to be something they’ll never achieve?
Benefits of teaching our daughters to be brave
1. Teaching bravery encourages lifelong learning
When we focus on teaching our daughters to be brave, they’ll be keen to try out new, daring things, and they’ll also be acquiring new skills in a brave new world where the sky is the limit as far as possibilities go. Not only are you allowing your child to explore her world, but you’re also encouraging her to learn more about as many topics in life as she possibly can.
2. Teaching bravery may help encourage leadership, innovation, and adaptability
When we teach our daughters to be brave, we’re arming them with the courage they’ll need to not only make it out there in the real world,but to thrive. They’ll have the courage they need to get outside of the familiar comfort zone, and they’ll be resilient enough to try whatever challenges are thrown their way.
3. Teaching bravery may help promote perseverance
When our daughters are raised to be brave, they’ll have to go through a lot of trial and error to find thinking and working methodologies that work for them and to get to their goal; they’ll need a lot of perseverance.
4. Teaching bravery may boost self-confidence
Bravery will allow our daughters to take greater risks, and as a result, they’ll end up with much more rewarding experiences. When our daughters are brave, they have the emotional intelligence to know that they can take on anything that they put their minds to. When our daughters are brave, they’re comfortable with the idea that they might not be perfect, but that they’re learning with every single mistake they’re making along the way.