Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I just bought a book for my six-year-old daughter. Couragewritten and illustrated by Bernard Waber. It's a cute book that starts (and ends) like this:
There are many kinds of courage. Awesome kinds. And everyday kinds. Still, courage is courage -- whatever kind . . . . Courage is what we give to each other.
This is a great book to get little kids thinking about what it means to be courageous, finding the will to do scary or risky things. Like standing up for the kid being picked on, instead of safely remaining a bystander. Like standing up for yourself when you are the one being bullied. Maybe if more kids are raised with these ideas, then those of us who are scared to try something for fear of failure (yes, I'm speaking of myself) might be better prepared to... just do it.

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