Teaching Your Child About Courage

May 9, 2006

Asalaam 'Alaikum:

In passing, I also found some useful websites and at least one book suggestion (I am sure there are more and welcome suggestions).

In the Islamic Voice Magazine online (from 1998) I found an article entitled "A Leaf from Prophet's (Pbuh) Life : Courage Beyond Measure." You can find the article here (it is the first article).

I found information about teaching your child courage on the following website:

http://www.valuesparenting.com/monthly_value.php?month=august

I really liked their explanation of courage (also a description of how a child saw courage) because it doesn't just focus on not having fear – but doing the right thing even when you are afraid.

The website also had methods for teaching courage:

http://www.valuesparenting.com/monthly_value_sample.php?month=august

On the Scholastic website, I found the following article about teaching your child about courage and confidence:

http://www.scholastic.com/earlylearner/age5/social/courage.htm

Although I have not read the following book suggestion, I have read another book by the author and thoroughly enjoyed it. After reading the book (I hope to find it in our library) I will let you know what I think. The book is entited "Courage" by Bernard Waber. Essentially, it talks about all different types of courage (not just the saving the damsel in distress kind). According to the book description, "Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us."

Scholastic also have book recommendations on their website. Please realize that I have yet to read any of these books, but thought I would share the list with you. If and when we get these from the library (I hope we will find some!) I will give more details, insha'Allah. Here is the book list:

http://www.scholastic.com/familymatters/parentguides/backtoschool/couragebooks.htm

Insha'Allah, these recommendations will be of some use. If you have any to add, please leave comments.

Jazak Alah Khair,
Sumayyah Umm SAA

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