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Embracing the Transition: Helping Your Anxious Teen Thrive in the Summer Break with a Summer Bucket List

Jun 04, 2023

 Hi Brave Parents,

As the school year comes to an end, some teenagers may find themselves feeling anxious or apprehensive about the summer break. They might have grown accustomed to the routine, structure, and social connections that school provides, and the thought of a long break can be overwhelming. It's okay if she's excited, sad, and anxious all at once. It just means she's processing the upcoming shifts and adjusting to the new chapter in her life. Change can be uncomfortable and uncertain, and it's natural for worry and anxiety to have your daughter seeking comfort and certainty.

If your teen is struggling with this transition, there are ways to help them embrace the summer and discover new opportunities for growth and enjoyment. One effective strategy is to encourage your teen to create a summer bucket list. This simple yet powerful tool can help them shift their focus from the end of the school year to the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. By actively engaging in...

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Welcome To The Brave Girl Tribe Open House Sunday June 11th, 2023 @7pm EST/4pm PST

Jun 02, 2023

Brave Friends, 

We are thrilled to have you join us at The Brave Girl Tribe Open House, where something truly remarkable awaits! Sunday, June 11th, 2023@7 pm EST/4 pm PST, Prepare to be captivated by the inspiring story of Kalen and Sara Redmon, the creative minds behind Crayon Pendant Jewelry. This incredible venture was born from the imagination of 9-year-old Sara Isabel during the pandemic, and it's a story you won't want to miss.

Kalen, Sara's mom, shares that their Crayon Pendants journey has been a transformative experience, allowing them to embrace the messiness and the joy of working together. It has taught Sara Isabel the value of hard work, while Kalen has discovered the power of letting go and trusting the process.

As a parent, you understand the importance of fostering your daughter's dreams and empowering her to believe in her own ideas. The Brave Girl Tribe is here to provide the guidance and support she needs to thrive. Our online community for girls in 5th...

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6 Tips To Help Support Your Daughter Through Challenges

May 31, 2023

Hi Brave Parents,

As your daughter navigates the challenges of growing up, it's natural for her to encounter moments of disappointment and unfairness. As a parent, you have the power to provide support and help her overcome these hurdles. 

Here are six tips to make the journey easier:

1. Listen and Validate: When your daughter is experiencing disappointment or feelings of unfairness, the first step is to listen to her and validate her feelings. Let her know that you hear her and that her emotions are important.
2. Provide Perspective: Help your daughter put things in perspective by reminding her of all the things she has accomplished and overcome in the past. Encourage her to view setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow.
3. Encourage Positive Self-Talk: Self-talk is a powerful tool for managing emotions. Encourage your daughter to practice positive self-talk by using affirmations such as "I am capable" or "I will overcome this challenge."
4. Help Her Find a Healthy Outlet:...

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Honoring Brave Women in Service: The Fearless Readers of The Brave Tribe & The Brave Girl Project

May 26, 2023

Memorial Day is a time when we come together to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is a day to reflect on the bravery, dedication, and selflessness of these individuals who gave their lives in defense of our country and its values. As part of The Brave Girl Project, it is important to recognize and remember the brave women who have served and paid the ultimate price.

The Fearless Readers of The Brave Girl Tribe are immensely grateful for the incredible women, both past and future, who selflessly serve our country. Their unwavering dedication, sacrifice, and bravery leave an indelible mark on our hearts and inspire us to strive for greatness. We pause to reflect on the extraordinary contributions made by these remarkable individuals, recognizing the immense impact they have had on our nation's history and the ongoing fight for freedom and justice.

To the brave women who have paved the way before us, we...

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15 Summer Job Ideas for Tween and Teen Girls

May 24, 2023

Are you ready to make this summer an incredible time for your tween or teen daughter to develop valuable skills, boost her confidence, and embark on a journey of self-discovery?

Recently, one of my coaching clients, a fantastic fifth-grade girl, expressed her interest in getting a job over the summer. She even wanted to learn how to create a resume! Witnessing her enthusiasm and determination reminded me of my own childhood adventures.

This young girl's aspiration to have a summer job resonated with me and reminded me of a video I recently watched featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama. She beautifully expressed that life is all about practicing who you want to be, and your daughter can practice becoming the incredible person she aspires to be during this summer season. Even at a young age, getting a job can be a fantastic way for her to develop important skills and qualities.

Here are 10 important reasons why it is beneficial for tweens and teens to have a job:

1. Financial...

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Empower Your Bond: 5 Problem-Solving Approaches for Mothers and Tween/Teen Daughters

May 17, 2023

Hi, Brave friends!

In this blog post, I'll share five choices that can help you and your tween or teen daughter effectively work through problems.

Do you often find yourself or your child struggling to solve problems? 

It's important to approach problem-solving from a bigger perspective, enabling us to explore different choices and move forward rather than getting stuck in the details.

Choice #1 - Fix the Problem:

When facing a problem, the first choice is to focus on finding a solution. It might require thinking creatively and coming up with unique approaches. Often, we tend to feel overwhelmed and frustrated for longer than necessary. Encouraging your daughter to believe in herself and her problem-solving abilities is crucial. Allowing her to solve the problem on her own is equally important.

Choice #2 - Change Your Attitude:

Sometimes, the problem lies not in the situation but in how we perceive it. By changing our attitude and looking at the problem from a different...

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Fearless Readers Recommendations for May

May 10, 2023

Greetings, Fearless Readers!

I am thrilled to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with you. 

I am excited to share the inspiring story of my dear friend, Hanh Bui, who has just published her first book, "The Yellow Áo Dài." This heartwarming story explores themes of family, identity, and remembering those who came before.

Hanh's journey is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. As a child, she and her family fled war-torn Vietnam in search of safety and a new beginning. Inspired by her experiences and the lack of representation in literature, Hanh became a teacher and worked to provide her students with books that reflected their diverse experiences.

"The Yellow Áo Dài" is the culmination of Hanh's efforts, and it is a book that every reader can enjoy and learn from. Join me on my blog to learn more about Hanh's journey, her book, and the importance of representation in literature.

Let's celebrate Asian Pacific American...

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Has your daughter been called this?

May 02, 2023

During a Sunday session for The Brave Girl Tribe, several girls expressed concern about how to respond when boys call them derogatory names, such as the 'B-word.'

I want to start by saying that this behavior is NEVER acceptable. Your daughter needs to know that she deserves to be treated with respect and kindness and that no one has the right to make her feel UNCOMFORTABLE or UNSAFE with their language or actions

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Popularity vs. Friendship

Apr 26, 2023

I recently conducted a poll on Instagram asking my followers if they had ever been rejected by a friend who joined a more popular group. Shockingly, 100% of them had gone through this experience. In The Brave Girl Tribe, this is a common topic among the girls.

Pursuing popularity can be problematic as it often overrides healthy social skills. For teens, popularity is more about social dynamics and seeking power and status, which can lead to fear and aggression among peers.

A study from the University of Virginia found that preteens who were most concerned about being popular tended to act older and more mature and were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors. Interestingly, the group of tweens who acted more mature were the more popular kids in middle school but were the least socially successful as young adults.

To help your daughter seek genuine friendships rather than the pull of popularity, ask her what qualities she values in her friends and if her current friends meet...

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Where Fearless Readers Unite April

Apr 18, 2023

Get ready to be swept away on a thrilling literary journey this April! 

 The Fearless Readers of the Brave Girl Tribe are here to recommend not one but two incredible books that are guaranteed to captivate your imagination.

First up is "The House Swap" by the talented Yvette Clark. This sweet and emotional book offers two unique perspectives on family and belonging.

Brave Girl Tribe Fearless Readers also recommend "Glitter Gets Everywhere," author Yvette Clark's debut novel that explores grief, change, and hope.

 If you're a mom of a girl or a teen, the Brave Mom Book Club on Facebook is the perfect place.

Last month we read "The Anxiety Audit" by the fantastic Lynn Lyons. This book is packed with valuable insights and practical tips for raising teenagers in the age of anxiety. If you want to watch the main takeaways from this book, join The Brave Mom Book Club on Facebook, dads are also welcome to join us.

Join our supportive community of brave moms as we...

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