Caroline Paul, author of The Gutsy Girl gives pointers on how girls can be encouraged to be brave. Girls and boys are equally brave and about the same strength as children, yet as parents, we censure our girls. We caution them, we assist them. With boys, on the other hand, we encourage them to do difficult physical tasks by themselves. This pattern leads to fear to be the predominant emotion in girls.
There is a way to break this, mostly by stopping ourselves from cautioning our girls. What starts off as being cautioned and therefore fearful of physical adventures soon becomes a fear several experiences as grown women. Deference and a lack of confidence tend to become the norm.
She says bravery is learned through practice and practice can be achieved through risky play.
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