COURAGE TO DO DIFFICULT THINGS
Courage is the ability to do something difficult despite risk or fear, and can be a challenging character trait for kids to understand. The story about courage shared below teaches kids about the various forms of courage—physical, emotional, social, moral, spiritual, and intellectual—and why they matter.
As my 9-year-old stood opposite his sparring partner for his first match, a shiver shook his legs. I watched his chest rise as he took a deep breath. He pulled his arms up into a fighting stance as he looked at the other boy. I held my breath for what seemed like 5 minutes. When it was done, he squealed, “I did it!” He smiled, with sweat on his face.
“You did! You must feel so proud!” cheered his instructor.
Later that day, we talked about sparring for the very first time and how it is an act of courage. Kids develop courage as they grow and take on more physical, emotional, social, moral, spiritual, and intellectual risks.
Climbing a tree, standing up against bullying, and confessing to Mom that you were the one who ate the Oreos are all acts of courage that kids can easily relate to.
Can you see how the characters in the story demonstrate courage in the face of adversity? Do you see how these characters might be similar to you?