Maddie has been working on being brave for a couple of years now. Somehow be brave became our mantra, and we’ve talked at length about what it means to be brave. Maddie has used our little mantra to conquer her fears at the park, to make new friends, to learn how to ride her bike, and countless other feats.
Now it is Katie’s turn.
“I like going to swim lessons, but I don’t want to put my face in the water,” Katie confided.
“You have to be brave, Katie. Do you know the secret to being brave?” I asked. Katie shook her head. “To make the scared go away you have to do the thing you’re feeling scared about. If you’re feeling scared about putting your face in the water, there’s only way to stop feeling scared. You have to put your face in.”
“Then the scared will go away?”
“Yes, sweetie. Little by little, the scared will go away.”
Katie snuggled in close, and I wrapped my arms around her.
Be brave, little Kate, be brave. It is your mantra now, too.