3 Ways to Teach Your Daughter to Be Brave


When you think about the qualities you want your daughter to have, what comes to mind? Intelligence? Kindness? What about bravery? Bravery can help your daughter take chances that can open up doors for her down the road.

But, we’re not all born brave. While some of us may have more of a natural instinct to be brave, some of us have to work at it. When it comes to raising daughters, there are things you can do to teach them to be brave. Let’s take a look.


Take her on an adventure

Outdoor adventures are great opportunities to practice being brave. Try taking your little girl on a long hike or even a backpacking trip. If your daughter hasn’t spent much time outdoors, an all-day hike might be a big change for her and require her to be brave. If you’re looking for something more challenging, backpacking can be both scary and a lot of fun. Depending on your own level of comfort with backpacking, it may be an opportunity for you to model bravery for your daughter, too.


Model bravery

For many parents, our natural instinct is to hide our fears from our kids so they don’t feel afraid themselves. However, it can be healthy for your children to see that you too are afraid sometimes and have to work to overcome your fears.

If you’re nervous about a big project at work, a race you’re doing, or some other personal challenge you’re working on, try sharing how you feel the next time you’re all gathered at the dinner table. Then be sure to come back to it later and let everyone know how it went. Seeing how you handled a situation that was scary gives your daughter the opportunity to emulate you in the future.


Try something new

Trying a new activity can be intimidating at any age. That’s why letting your daughter try new things can teach her to be brave. Maybe your daughter has always wanted to play softball but was always too afraid to try out for the team. Ask her, what’s the worst thing that can happen if you try out? You don’t make the team? So what? Then ask, what’s the best thing that can happen? You make the team. You learn to become a better player. You meet new friends. The list goes on, but I think you get the point.

If it’s appropriate, you could even try something new together. When your daughter learns to be brave and try something new, the possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking for ideas for new activities to try, check out our list of adventures. You’ll find plenty of activities where your daughter can put her bravery to the test.

Top photo by Simon Rae on Unsplash.

Melissa Foley