It’s important that we raise young girls that are brave. Bravery can take on many forms. Being brave might look like being adventurous, not caring about a particular outcome, or even pushing aside anyone that gets in our way on the path to our dreams. This isn’t the bravery I’m talking about. The other day my daughter made this comment:
“It’s important that I be true to myself, Mommy.”
This statement didn’t sit well with me, so I asked her what she meant by that.
“It just means that I need to be me and not worry about trying to be like someone else.”
When she put it that way, I had to agree with her. But I reminded her that it is more important that we be true to who God made us to be, that we follow what He says in the Bible and that we embrace what His Holy Word says about us. We are created in His image, and it is our responsibility, as Christ followers, to reflect Jesus and to make Him known. So how do we raise young girls to be brave, confident and have good self-esteem without encouraging pride and selfishness?
Here are 4 practical ways you can remind your child to be brave, the godly way:
1. Humility is beautiful It’s not fun to be around a people that think they know everything. Humility is a fruit of the Spirit, and a by product of walking with Jesus. Humble people are beautiful people, because they realize that putting God first is the best. Remind your little girls that if they want to be beautiful, humility verses pride is the place to start.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
2. We are created to be different The world teaches us that looking out for yourself first is the way to be. Phrases like “love yourself” and “put yourself first” permeate our culture. Remind your children that we are to be different than the world. Encourage your child to follow their dreams. Praise them when they do a good job at something and tell them that you are pleased with them.
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. – Proverbs 18:12
3. Show them how to be brave Do your children see you accomplishing goals and completing tasks honorably? Do they see you lose with a good attitude? When you fall, do they see you rise up again and strive to give it your best? We need to show them how to be brave before they know it’s possible.
4. Teach them about great examples The Bible has some amazing women who were exceptionally brave and allowed God to use them as part of His grand plan! I want my children to read these stories and learn to be bold like Esther, trusting like Ruth, and patient like Elizabeth. We can’t wait for the brand new Brave Girls Bible Stories which releases September 30. It’s full of Bible stories about the brave women of the Bible, narrated by five modern-day friends. You can pre-order it today!
Hope, Gracie, Glory, Faith, and Honor are five modern-day friends. Your little girl is sure to connect with one of these amazing characters. Each beautiful girl is very different and unique, but they all love Jesus, and they love one another! They share their strengths and struggles with one another and learn about some very powerful women of the Bible; they also learn important lessons from over thirty women, including Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Esther, Mary, and Lydia.
How do you encourage your girls to be brave and confident, without encouraging a egotistical and prideful spirit?
Traci Little: Traci is a curly-headed dreamer who loves her Savior, adores her best friend called Hubby, and her three children! She never knew how much she would love being at home full time with her kids, but she does (most days)! What a privilege and high calling! She loves to blog, take pictures, cook, decorate cakes, and make her home cozy and inviting! She also enjoys teaching women God’s Word through Bible studies at church and online devotions. It is her desire to glorify God through encouraging and edifying other women. It is her heart’s cry to motivate women to abide in Christ, respect their spouse, and raise their little ones to know the love of Jesus. God’s grace captivates her in such a way that she wants her life to make a difference for His glory.