The Secret To Raising A Strong Girl

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Teaching girls to be brave is a big priority for anyone raising girls and parenting girls. The secret to doing this effectively is called microbravery.

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The Girls Leadership Institute Coined A Concept That You Need To Know


When parents and teachers discuss raising girls, teaching girls, and parenting girls, the conversation inevitably turns to teaching girls to be brave and smart. This is a wonderful shift in societal thinking that has shown up in the last few years. The only problem is that teaching someone to be brave feels like a big task. Even more so, learning to be brave feels difficult. Rachel Simmons of the Girls Leadership Institute has coined a phrase and a concept to make teaching and learning bravery feel reachable. The concept is called microbravery and there's an amazing video on VProud featuring Rachel explaining the idea behind microbravery as well as how and why it works. We love this idea and how reachable it makes bravery for our girls and for all of us.

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This Is Microbravery


Rachel Simmons explains that the image of brave has been built up as so big and so Hollywood moment-ish that, for most girls, when told to be brave, the concept feels out of reach, out of touch, and disconnected to the reality of their everyday lives.

It's the everyday lives part that Simmons has realized is the key to changing this conversation.

As a solution, Simmons suggests the concept of microbravery. Small moments of bravery done repeatedly everyday until all of a sudden all of those small moments lead to living a big life.

Instead of a huge movie scene act of bravery, microbravery might look like raising your hand in class, sitting next to someone new on the bus, disagreeing with a friend, showing up alone, going for the goal, killing that pass.

The beauty of microbravery is that you can find and create small moments to practice being brave every single day—you don't have to wait for a lights-camera-action moment when someone needs saving.

And once you've practiced being brave on the daily, it just becomes who you are and how you do things.

When broken down like this, teaching girls to be brave feels attainable, and being brave does, too.

Rachel Simmons is the author of two bestselling books about adolescent girls, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls With Courage and Confidence. She is the co founder of The Girls Leadership Institute, an organization that teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world.


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