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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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Why is setting boundaries so challenging for your daughter?

Apr 18, 2023

Is your daughter a caring, attentive friend who helps out her friends as much as she can? However, when your daughter is struggling and needs the same caring, thoughtful friend, she seems to be alone. 

A lot of the girls I work with are so sweet and want to help their friends, but many heartaches happen because they don't have the boundaries they need to keep themselves safe in their relationships.

In The Brave Girl Tribe, we learned about boundaries, and I used Nedra Glover Tawwab's book Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide To Reclaiming Yourself, as a resource. If your daughter is struggling to set boundaries, this book may be a great resource. 

 

Why is setting boundaries so challenging for your daughter?

Here are the nine reasons that might make setting boundaries challenging for your daughter. Please share this list with your daughter and see which ones are tough for her. You can even share what is challenging for you. 

  1. You fear being seen as...
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Have You Ever Felt Not Yourself?

Oct 04, 2021
 

Have you ever felt not yourself? 

 

You might feel like something is a bit off. You might have a hard time connecting to your thoughts and your feelings. You might be feeling stronger emotions and not fully understanding why. 

 

The other week I did not feel like myself at all. I felt very disconnected, stressed, overwhelmed, and emotional. It was tough, and I did shed some tears. Fortunately, I am feeling better as I write this blog post thanks to the help from some friends and my steps to help get myself back on track and feeling more like me. 

 

I know I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed, and I can't imagine the stress level that you may be experiencing in school. It is a lot to manage, and if you were home all last year, you might feel like a rubber band being stretched to the breaking point. 

 

Here are the Ten Tips to Help When You Are Not Feeling Like Yourself. 

 

Tip 1 

Start with a brain dump. 

Take a sheet of...

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